Publications

Using flowers to solve crimes

August 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Did you know that wherever you go, the local plants put pollen on your body and it stays there. That’s the basis for a forensic science that’s helped solve all sorts of crimes. My guest practices pollen science, called palynology, at the Customs and Border Protection laboratory in Chicago. For her work she’s a finalist in...

MeriTalk, ACT-IAC, Partnership for Public Service Join Forces on Federal Post-Pandemic Path

August 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Setting the stage for the nation’s coronavirus pandemic recovery begs new ways of thinking and collaboration. That’s why MeriTalk, ACT-IAC, and the Partnership for Public Service are joining forces on a project to deliver a set of operating and policy recommendations to promote stronger and more resilient Federal government operations to power the recovery. The...

A new document sent to congressional watchdogs shows how Trump is preparing to hand over the US government if he loses to Biden

August 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

President Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying the November election due to the ongoing pandemic, and powerful Democrats like Nancy Pelosi have raised concern the Republican wouldn’t leave the White House if he loses to Joe Biden. But Trump administration officials behind the scenes are quietly preparing to hand over the executive branch...

How AI Can Help Government Agencies Respond to Disasters

July 30, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

State and local government agencies need to respond to a wide array of natural disasters, including (but not limited to) floods and wildfires. Now, they also have to contend with the ongoing fallout from a global pandemic. As they do so, they may be overlooking one of the most powerful tools in their toolbox, according to a recent research report from Microsoft:...

Antiviral infusion treatment of Ebola virus developed by NIH team

July 30, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A two-decade research journey has led to a treatment that cuts the death rate from Ebola from 70% of untreated people down to nearly 10% for people who get medicine. Nancy Sullivan, Chief of the Biodefense Research Section at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, has led that journey. She is...

GAO’s high risk list receives more recognition

July 29, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Few lists get as much attention as the list of high risk federal programs published by the Government Accountability Office every two years. For several cycles the high risk list has been headed by my next guest. For his work he’s also a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program. We welcomed back a...

Virus Exposes Erosion of Federal Institutions, Says Partnership

July 28, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The Coronavirus pandemic “starkly illustrates some of the weaknesses that have existed in our government for decades,” the Partnership for Public Service has said. “Good government—with skilled public servants and competent leaders—is essential to the health, safety and economic well-being of every person living in the United States,” it said.

Sammies finalist develops interconnected, hospital-based 3D printing network

July 23, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Dr. Beth Ripley, Chair of the 3D Printing Advisory Committee at the Veterans Health Administration, explains the effort she is leading for the VA that provides care to patients using 3D printed versions of their organs

DHS, IRS investigators get Sammies nod for stopping online child pornography site

July 22, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A team of Department of Homeland Security and IRS criminal investigators worked for months to find the source of a child pornography enterprise on the dark web. The work resulted in the rescue of 25 children and the arrest of the site administrator. Team members are finalists in this year’s Service to America Medals program. One...

PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF PLUM ACT BY SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE

July 22, 2020

Publication Type: News Release

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service welcomes the approval today of S. 3896, the Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act of 2020 (PLUM Act), by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “The PLUM Act will bring increased transparency and accountability to the federal government by letting the American people know...