Publications

GAO Urges Federal Government to Reveal Key Information on Political Appointees

March 19, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support

The Government Accountability Office, the congressional watchdog agency, is urging the federal government to make information about thousands of political appointees — including their names, titles and federal salary disclosures about their assets, debts and past salaries — publicly available. The GAO’s report, which was released Friday, noted that ProPublica’s Trump Town is the only place people can...

Neglected Nominees Show Labor Dept Lowest GOP Priority (Corrected)

March 14, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support

During the first two years of the Trump administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prioritized votes on nominees to the courts, Pentagon, Justice Department and Veterans Affairs Department. The Labor Department’s nominees have been the most neglected.

Partnership for Public Service pushes for the end of shutdowns forever

February 6, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Federal workforce

The Partnership for Public Service cited fallout from the 35-day partial government shutdown as all the evidence necessary for Congress and President Trump to avoid a repeat of recent history. The two sides—at odds over border funding—have until Feb. 15 to strike a deal or again furlough federal employees, cease some government functions and curtail...

‘It’s way too many’: As vacancies pile up in Trump administration, senators grow concerned

February 4, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Cabinet

Publication Tags: Appointees

From the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, vast swaths of the government have top positions filled by officials serving in an acting capacity — or no one at all. More than two years into Trump’s term, the president has an acting chief of staff, attorney general, defense secretary, Office of Management and Budget director and...

Fed facts: A federal workforce ‘quiz’

January 16, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Federal workforce

The federal workforce and its partial plight have dominated the news since Christmas. But how much do you know about that workforce? Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a sort of radio quiz on fed facts. 

Drop in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey responses a lesson for HR

November 30, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Develop Strong Leaders,Engage Employees

The federal government saw a big drop in employee responses to its annual employee engagement survey, in just released data. Of the approximately 1.5 million employees asked to participate in the online engagement survey, only 41% did so — a 5% decrease from last year. 

Study: At least one agency successful at cutting improper payments

November 21, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Develop Strong Leaders,Engage Employees,Modernize Management Systems

Every year the federal government reports levels of improper payments of around $140 billion. The problem seems impervious to efforts to end it. A study by Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service finds at least one federal agency is having success. And state governments might have some practices worth trying. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for...

GAO to continue focus on agency IT security, personnel issues

November 20, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Engage Employees

GAO has said that in the time ahead it will “focus our work on several pressing national issues” including the state of federal agency IT security and personnel challenges.