Publications

GOP triggers ‘nuclear option’ to speed up Trump picks

April 3, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems

Senate Republicans deployed the “nuclear option” on Wednesday to drastically reduce the time it takes to confirm hundreds of President Trump’s nominees. 

IBM launches ‘Watson-as-a-service’ for government

February 28, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems

Effective artificial intelligence tools require vast quantities of clean, organized, comprehensive data, and that’s a problem for federal agencies. Much of the government’s data is either unstructured or locked away in bureaucratic silos that prevent groups from accessing the information they need. Combine that with legal obstacles to information sharing and a shortage of tech expertise, and building worthwhile AI becomes...

How executive vacancies hinder IT modernization and cybersecurity

February 25, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Develop Strong Leaders,Modernize Management Systems

A record number of high-ranking federal positions are vacant in the Trump administration, and this will hamper IT modernization efforts and heighten cybersecurity risks. According to a recent report by the Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, by early February 2019, only 54 percent of the civil service positions that require Senate confirmations had been filled,...

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...

Labor Dept. Program cited as model on improper payments

November 16, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

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

A report cites the Labor Department’s unemployment insurance program’s focus on cooperation with state agencies and on data collection as a model for other agencies to reduce improper payments, an issue that has been the focus of numerous laws and directives in recent years. 

How can AI help government improve?

November 14, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Develop Strong Leaders,Engage Employees,Modernize Management Systems

The IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service plan to release two reports that describe the impact and potential performance improvements that artificial intelligence can bring to government in areas such as effective workplaces, skilled workforces, and mission-focused secure programs. The reports will highlight how AI technology can assist...

Post-midterms, need for civil service modernization remains

November 7, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Modernize Management Systems

The election wasn’t really a referendum on federal employees but they had a lot at stake. The need to modernize civil service, to improve federal hiring and to maintain solid career leadership — none of that has changed. Margot Conrad, director of Federal Workforce Programs at the Partnership for Public Service, offered her perspective on Federal Drive with Tom...