Publications

Federal scientists invent a possible new way to disinfect surfaces, without the harmful side effects

August 20, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Modern disinfectant products work really, really well at killing disease-causing microbes. But they bring problems along with them, from possible long-term environmental damage to antibiotic resistance. But what if you could create a chemical that was just as good at killing bacteria, but neutralized itself into harmless natural molecules after it did its job? Researchers...

Pandemic Created an Unexpected Experiment in Management, Report Says

August 20, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

The Coronavirus pandemic has “laid bare some of government’s most longstanding shortcomings” but also amounted to an “unexpected grand experiment” that led to innovations in delivering government services, the Partnership for Public Service has said. In its annual report, the organization said the government successfully adapted in areas such as processing of loan applications for...

This senior federal scientist works to stop outsourcing

August 20, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Presidents shake quite a few hands in their careers. The familiar picture of a teenaged Bill Clinton shaking hands with President John F. Kennedy in bright sunlight stands as one of those great coincidence moments — if you believe in coincidence. The grandeur of Kennedy’s words, and the grace with which he delivered them, inspired...

CBP Officials Win ‘Sammies’ People’s Choice Awards

August 18, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Two Customs and Border Protection officials, executive director of the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate Ana B. Hinojosa, and Eric Choy, the deputy executive director, have been selected as winners in the Service to America Medal’s people’s choice category. “Hinojosa and Choy were nominated for their work directing enforcement actions against companies seeking to import...

Are Political Appointees the Problem with Federal Government?

August 16, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

After six months since taking office, President Joe Biden still has yet to appoint nominees to crucial positions within the federal government. The bipartisan Partnership for Public Service is currently tracking 800 government positions among the some 1,200 that require senate confirmation, and its recent tally found that eight are still awaiting formal nominations, while 237 positions...

Senate backlog of Biden nominees frustrates White House

August 16, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

The Senate has confirmed just 144 of the 442 nominees submitted by Biden, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a group that works toward improving government effectiveness. Biden lags behind all three of his predecessors when it comes to the pace of Senate confirmations.

CBP team awarded Service to America Medals People’s Choice awards

August 16, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday that its agency-wide forced labor team was awarded the 2021 Service to America Medals (“Sammies”) People’s Choice Award by the non-profit Partnership for Public Service.

Government must reduce number of Senate-confirmed positions, says Partnership for Public Service head

August 16, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

At his 200th day in office, President Biden has 389 nominations that require Senate confirmation. That still leaves a number of important positions, including director for the Office of Management and Budget, vacant.

Biden’s Pentagon nominees: More diverse and more of them

August 12, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Overall, two-thirds of the 62 Senate-confirmable Pentagon positions have yet to be filled. Twelve nominees are waiting for action in the Senate, and Biden has yet to name nominees to 22 Pentagon openings, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s tracker.

CBP Team Is Awarded The 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service To America Medals People’s Choice Award

August 12, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s agency-wide forced labor team has been awarded the 2021 Service to America Medals (‘Sammies’) People’s Choice Award by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service.