Publications

In Washington, This Tiny Agency of Number Crunchers Is the Place to Be

December 17, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

The absolute best place to work in the U.S. federal government is a tiny, 420-employee agency with a mission that might sound slightly dull to the uninitiated: crunching numbers on the effects of trade policy.

NASA Ranks as the Best Place to Work in Government for Eighth Year

December 17, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Partnership for Public Service notes a “modest drop in employee engagement” overall across government.  

Feds maintain ‘resilient’ engagement despite the shutdown

December 17, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

The federal workforce’s engagement in their jobs dipped only slightly in 2019, despite a record-breaking government shutdown to start out the year, but some agency subcomponents fared worse than others.

Coding it Forward fellowship changes participants’ minds about federal service, survey shows

December 4, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

There is now some hard data to show that Coding it Forward’s Civic Digital Fellowship can have a lasting impact on participants’ career trajectories and, by the same token, the future tech workforce of the federal government.

Remarks of CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert to the 35th Annual FIA Expo 2019

December 3, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Well, good morning everyone.  It is great to be here at FIA, the leading association for the futures industry—not only in the United States, but around the world.  It’s also terrific to be here in Chicago.  As Walt said, this city has so much history and has made the United States a leader in this...

Mark DeSantis: The importance of getting political appointments right

December 3, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Upon taking office, President George Washington promised to hire people “as shall be the best qualified.” We are struggling to meet that standard and with serious consequences.

Investigation: Vacancies in Trump’s State Department Allow Career Bureaucrats to Take Charge

November 26, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

A quarter of America’s nearly 200 embassies around the world have vacant ambassadorships, leaving foreign policy in the hands of career Foreign Service bureaucrats like Bill Taylor, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of State Department records found. That includes ambassadorships for countries as significant as Japan, Russia and Canada.

The Turnover at the Top of the Trump Administration

November 25, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Mr. Trump has the record for cabinet turnover in a president’s first term, according to Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who wrote a presidential staff turnover study. He also has the record for White House churn, she said.

Coding it Forward fellowship program gets enthusiastic feedback

November 25, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

I recently got a visit in my office from Chris Kuang, the Harvard senior who was one of the founders of Coding it Forward, the student-run organization that has been organizing summer digital tech federal fellowships for the last three summers. Kuang wanted to share with me the results of a survey of student participants...

Diplomats testifying in impeachment inspire pride, worry

November 22, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Few other parts of the U.S. government under the Trump administration feel as undermined and besieged as the State Department.