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We support legislative changes to improve the recruitment, hiring and retention of top talent, strengthen leadership development, increase cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration, and foster innovation and technology modernization in government.  

Testimonies and Recent Statements

On September 27, 2023, the Partnership’s Executive Vice President James-Christian Blockwood testified before the House Committee on Administration’s Modernization Subcommittee hearing entitled “Legislative Branch Advancement: GAO Modernization.”
On September 14, 2022, the Partnership’s Diane Hill testified before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress hearing entitled, “Congressional Modernization: A Roadmap for the Future.”
Hearing Date:  Thursday March 3, 2022 at 10:15am  Hearing Title: “Examining the Senate Confirmation Process and Federal Vacancies.” Panelists:  Kristine Simmons, Vice President of Government Affairs, Partnership for Public Service  Anne Joseph O’Connell, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, Stanford Law School Adam White, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute  Testimony focus: The testimony covered how the broken…
On December 1, 2021, Partnership Vice President on Federal Workforce Programs, Michelle Amante, testified before the House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing entitled, “The Future of Federal Work”
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Focus Areas

Leadership and Stewardship

The federal government is facing a leadership crisis. The sheer number of political appointment positions and a broken Senate confirmation process has led to critical vacancies across government, and agencies continue to inadequately train, support and develop leaders at all levels with consistent standards focused on modern competencies and the core values of stewardship and public trust.

The Partnership offers new standards for effective federal leadership and performance across government and champion new ways to make the Senate confirmation process faster and more transparent. We also seek reforms to strengthen the Senior Executive Service and ensure agencies recruit, retain and recognize effective leaders.

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The federal government is struggling to recruit, hire and retain diverse talent with the skills needed to meet the complex challenges facing our nation.

To address these issues, the Partnership supports legislative reforms aimed at revamping the federal pay and job classification system, simplifying the hiring process, building strong entry-level talent pipelines and more. Through the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, the Partnership also educates Congress on the importance of an engaged federal workforce and shares data about the employee experience at different agencies and subcomponents.

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Solving our country’s pressing challenges requires cooperation and collaboration between different agencies, different levels of government and different sectors. However, the federal government frequently operates in organizational silos that prevent this type of collaboration. Congress should support innovative collaboration models across government and educate congressional representatives and staff about agency efforts to implement laws

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Innovation and Technology Modernization

Our country needs an innovative government that meets the demands of a fast-paced and technology-driven world. But government often struggles to keep pace.

The Partnership is a thought leader in government innovation and supports efforts in Congress to institutionalize evidence-based policymaking, make better use of information technology, conduct a comprehensive review of all federal technology laws, pass appropriations bills in a timely manner, and prioritize legislation that requires agencies to collect and publish customer experience data.

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Our experts

Troy Cribb
Director of Policy
Jenny Mattingley
Vice President of Government Affairs
Kari Rea
Senior Manager