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Partnership for Public Service Statement on the president’s management agenda

March 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2018                                         

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today released his management agenda designed to improve government efficiency and better serve the needs of the American people. Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement regarding the president’s vision for reform.

“Our government must function in ways that serve the 21st century needs of the American public. The president’s management agenda will be critical to the success of his administration given the mounting and complex challenges facing our government, the speed with which change is taking place and the need to govern effectively. I applaud the president for prioritizing the federal workforce, IT modernization, and data and transparency as the three drivers to transform how our government operates.  

Implementation of this agenda, however, will require collaboration and cooperation from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Congress has not holistically updated federal personnel rules in 40 years, and the government’s pay structure is almost 70 years old. Federal management and compensation systems are largely outdated, which stifles innovation and discourages top talent from joining the government. There is ample ground for bipartisan cooperation in addressing the archaic civil service system that has become an obstacle to a well-functioning government, and many of the president’s proposals provide a good starting point.”

About Renewing America’s Civil Service: The Partnership for Public Service and the Volcker Alliance recently joined together to press for an overhaul of the outdated federal civil service system that has become an obstacle to a well-functioning government. The initiative, Renewing America’s Civil Service, backed by a bipartisan group of leaders from across sectors, focuses on identifying tangible legislative and executive branch solutions to the most severe problems in the government personnel system, including outdated pay and hiring policies.

During the past 17 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective for the American people. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation. Visit to learn more.