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Data analyses designed to shed light on key characteristics of the federal workforce.  

To improve the way government works, we first need to understand it. In the Fed Figures series, we analyze workforce data to shed light on characteristics and trends within one of our nation’s greatest assets—the federal civil service. Through these analyses, we can better understand the strengths of our government, and the challenges it may face now, and in the future. 

December 21, 2021

Fed Figures: California Workforce – FY 2020

The federal government employed 159,077* workers in California at the end of fiscal 2020, representing about 8% of the total federal workforce. Only the District of Columbia and Virginia had more federal employees. In addition, more Californians work for federal agencies than for the entire University of California system, making the government one of the largest employers in the state. This profile focuses on full-time, nonseasonal, civilian federal employees in California, with the exception of those individuals who work in the legislative or judicial branches, the intelligence community or for the U.S. Postal Service.

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December 21, 2021

The Federal Workforce and the Trump Administration

This analysis sheds light on our nation's federal civilian workforce during the Trump administration. What changes occurred throughout the administration's four years? Did past trends continue or change under President Donald Trump? The Partnership for Public Service analyzed federal workforce data to answer these and other questions.

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March 9, 2021

Fed Figures: COVID-19 and the Federal Workforce

This analysis sheds light on our nation's federal civilian workforce during the Trump administration. What changes occurred throughout the administration's four years? Did past trends continue or change under President Donald Trump? The Partnership for Public Service analyzed federal workforce data to answer these and other questions.

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October 29, 2020

How one public-private partnership is closing the cybersecurity talent gap

The Partnership for Public Service recently launched the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative to address an emerging crisis in our country: the shortage of well-trained cybersecurity professionals. The initiative is a first-of-its kind public-private partnership designed to reduce this talent gap. Participants work for two years at a federal agency before applying for full-time positions with the...

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