Compelled to act by a March executive order on agency reorganization, federal leaders have the opportunity to revamp how government does business.
The directive calls for agencies to embark on efforts that will lead to leaner, more accountable and more efficient government; a workforce more aligned to future needs; and elimination of barriers that hamper frontline employees from serving the public effectively.
Major change inevitably comes with bumps in the road. By seizing the current opening to identify problems and find tenable and long-lasting solutions, agencies can position themselves to be more effective and efficient over the long term.
Our Role and Guidance
The Partnership for Public Service maintains a strong focus on the federal workforce and our government’s management practices. To assist departments and agencies as they navigate through ongoing reorganization efforts, we will convene, prepare and support leaders from across organizations, and share the best approaches for creating a smart and strategic reform process.
Our many years of conducting research, holding forums and releasing reports on issues of importance to federal departments and agencies, will help us serve as a valuable resource and advisor to Office of Management and Budget staff and other administration members as they pursue management improvements. Relying on our access to a vast network of government management experts, we work to ensure administration officials have a greater understanding of how they can collaborate constructively with the career workforce for the best results.
Powering Government Innovation: Federal Leaders Driving What’s Next
Federal agencies are undergoing a transformation as they respond to the White House executive order on reorganizing the executive branch. These reorganization efforts present unique challenges and opportunities for government leaders. That’s why the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton are partnering on this initiative. Focus areas include driving innovation, transforming organizations, building a workforce of the future and improving acquisition.
Federal leaders are constantly rethinking and restructuring federal agencies to find efficiencies and increase effectiveness. President Trump’s executive order to reorganize the executive branch offers leaders the opportunity to make sweeping changes across the federal landscape.
Not all agency transformations will have the same goals. Some may involve changes in mission, service delivery, workforce optimization, technology or the use of analytics or automation. Yet in each situation, leaders must keep their eye on the larger objective of making their agencies more effective while navigating the complexities of finite resources and the interests of internal and external stakeholders.
The Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton tapped experts who have led agency transformations and uncovered seven key recommendations to assist senior executives as they drive strategic, organizational and operational changes at their agencies.Download
The first installment of our video series includes an interview with former IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti, who discusses lessons he learned while leading the agency’s reorganization in the nineties and how today’s federal leaders can drive toward success.Watch
In a Facebook Live, The Partnership’s Tina Sung and Booz Allen Hamilton’s Dee Dee Helfenstein discuss how federal leaders can create lasting change as they reimagine how their agencies operate.Watch
In Government Executive, we examine how agency leaders can seize the opportunity to reorganize government.Read More
SEVEN STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT TRANSFORMATION
Agency reorganization efforts offer federal leaders the opportunity to drive change and reimagine how their organizations operate. To best serve the American people and accomplish ambitious new goals, it’s crucial that agencies have the right talent in place. One former federal human capital leader said, “Without proper attention to our employees, we will be hard-pressed to weather the turbulence successfully.”
Federal managers must develop innovative ways to fill workforce gaps and find mission-critical expertise by retraining federal workers with outdated skill sets, sharing existing expertise across agency silos, attracting entrepreneurial talent, and bringing diverse talent from across the country into federal service.
In our resource “Preparing for the Federal Workforce of the Future,” we provide a snapshot of what the government looks like now and recommendations on how agencies can prepare for the future.Download
We also discuss how to build the workforce of the future in our video series. The latest installment features an interview with D.C. Director of Human Resources Ventris Gibson, who discusses lessons she learned as a federal human capital leader and how agencies can strategically use new recruiting tactics.Watch
In a recent Facebook Live, we discuss how federal agencies can adapt to change and ensure they have mission-critical talent in place. This discussion features the Partnership’s Tina Sung and Booz Allen Hamilton’s Abby Cashman, with Booz Allen’s Ben Marglin moderating.Watch
In Government Executive, we assert that agencies must change their recruiting strategies to succeed.Read More
DIVERSITY DECREASES AS GS LEVEL INCREASES
The federal government’s reorganization and reform efforts offer leaders an opportunity to transform how agencies do business. Government spends $500 billion each year buying goods and services, including guided missiles, fuel, motor vehicles, office supplies, professional engineering assistance, and research and development. Despite the importance of acquisition, most federal leaders give their contracting offices less than glowing grades.
In our resource, “Transforming Federal Acquisition,” we provide information to help government leaders improve collaboration, innovate and take risks, and build the right team for acquisition success.Download
In Government Executive, we discuss how agencies need to take more risks in acquisition.Read More
IMPROVING CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION
Thinking of ways to improve how government works might be easy for federal leaders, but taking steps to actually implement such changes may seem impossible. Yet federal employees across the government are successfully taking these impossible steps to design and implement creative solutions, and to help agencies better fulfill their missions.
In our resource, “How to Conquer Obstacles to Innovation and Drive Change,” we hosted a roundtable discussion with federal executives and interviewed other government leaders to identify some of the challenges to innovation they faced and the solutions they employed to drive transformational change.Download
In a Facebook Live, The Partnership’s Meroe Park and Booz Allen’s Nyla Beth Gawel discuss how federal leaders can use innovation to drive change as they reimagine how their agencies operate, with Booz Allen’s Ben Marglin moderating.Watch
In Government Executive, we look at how agencies are finding ways to overcome organizational silos and budgetary constraints to try new tactics.Read More
WHAT DOES INNOVATION MEAN TO YOU?