Publications

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Transition Team Ethics Requirements

August 5, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

On Thursday the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would clarify the duties of the General Services Administration during presidential changeovers as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before the election. 

Agencies Need Tech-Savvy Feds to Address AI Challenges

August 25, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Algorithmic bias, security and explainability are among the top issues the government must address as it hands over more responsibility to AI, according to a recent report.

Fed-up workers, repairs delayed, missed mortgage payments: Why the government shutdown never ended for some

July 27, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

On a cold morning last January, President Donald Trump declared at a hastily arranged news conference in the White House Rose Garden that a deal had been struck to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

What’s behind the US government’s massive spending on temp workers

August 2, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

In most ways, Christine Happel is doing what she imagined she’d be able to do with a PhD in molecular biology: Working at the National Institutes of Health, helping run a multi-million dollar program aimed at translating research on extracellular RNA into actual treatments for ailments ranging from bone marrow disorders to Alzheimer’s.

‘Draining The Swamp’ Of Federal Agricultural Researchers, Economists And More

August 12, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to relocate two of its departments–a combined total of more than 500 jobs–from the D.C. area to Kansas City. The move has sparked legal questions about whether the U.S.D.A. can cover the cost of the relocation without budgetary approval from Congress.

It’s a Precarious Time for Any Official in Trump’s Orbit

July 13, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Alexander Acosta’s exit gratifies those who wanted him gone for his role in the Epstein plea deal. But the president’s advisers fear how more turnover reflects broader turmoil within the administration.

Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid criticism of Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

July 12, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Acosta’s departure, which takes effect next week, means acting secretaries will head four major federal departments. He is the 11th Cabinet official to quit or be forced out, several under ethical or legal clouds, since President Trump took office.

Breakthrough Technologies Offer Enormous Opportunity for Federal Leaders—If They Seize It

July 11, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

What Silicon Valley calls “exponential technologies” could transform agency operations and boost national security.

Homeland insecurity: Empty seats at agency dealing with overcrowding at the border

July 6, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Resignations and a purge by the president have left the top ranks of Homeland Security muddled as it grapples with a crisis at the southern border.

Best Practices for Data-Driven Agencies

July 2, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

With initiatives like the Federal Data Strategy, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, and the President’s Management Agenda pushing agency use of data, a new study from the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton examines the best practices for agencies looking to use their data to drive better results.