Publications

Census Bureau senior scientist, Sammies finalist, to thank for game-changing data developments

June 10, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Turning handwritten notes or forms into machine readable data has been a challenge for the Census Bureau for decades. And for the last several decennial counts, Census has gotten better and better at it. That’s thanks in large part to the work of Paul Friday. He’s a senior computer scientist with 60 years of service, and a...

How Biden Can Strengthen the Federal Workforce

June 9, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

While the President’s commitment is clear, the government’s workforce problems go far beyond backfilling vacancies caused by the Trump administration’s hiring freezes and budget cuts. As Max Stier, president of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, recently told the Washington Post, “This is not simply about undoing what Trump did. Going back to where we were would not...

Senate Republicans hold up Biden personnel nominee over ‘critical race theory’ and abortion rights

June 8, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Senate Republicans are blocking a quick confirmation for President Biden’s nominee to lead the federal personnel agency, targeting her past emphasis on the concept of systemic racism known as “critical race theory” that has become a lightning rod for conservatives. Republicans also are pushing back on Kiran Ahuja’s support for abortion rights at a time when a...

GOP senators hold up Biden’s OPM nominee

June 8, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans are blocking a quick confirmation for President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the federal personnel agency, targeting her past emphasis on the concept of systemic racism known as “critical race theory” that has become a lightning rod for conservatives.

17 of the Federal Government’s Coolest Job Openings

June 7, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Do you dream of reading polygraphs for the CIA, setting intentional fires for the Forest Service, or officiating youth basketball on an Air Force base in Germany?  Behold your big chance.  Federal jobs are available everywhere from Omaha, Nebraska, to Bangkok, Thailand, according to an Insider survey of the government hiring website usajobs.gov. More than 20,000...

Biden’s budget boosts feds and sidesteps civil service reform backed by Trump, Obama for now

June 4, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Biden’s fiscal 2022 budget proposal outlines a far more positive image of the federal workforce than one pushed by his predecessor. The “Strengthening the Federal Workforce” section of the spending plan released last week sets the stage for Biden’s approach by quoting from his pre-inaugural message to federal employees: “I’m thinking of you and...

This senior federal scientist works to stop outsourcing

June 4, 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...

How the Census Bureau knocked down stupid and potentially harmful internet rumors

June 3, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Rumor mongering on the internet, it’s a constant threat. Last year, rumors threatened to muck up the 2020 decennial census count. Zack Schwartz built partnerships between the Census Bureau and some of the largest internet companies to successfully tamp down rumors and help maintain public trust in the Bureau and in the count. He’s a...

Biden Yet to Name Permanent Leaders at Key Agencies

June 1, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Joe Biden has yet to name the long-term leaders of several important agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, which is delaying his attempts to regulate large technology companies.

Sammies finalist organized HUD voucher program to keep foster children who age out off the streets

May 26, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Foster children eventually grow up. Some 20,000 reach 18 years of age each year and then they’re on their own. Concerned that many of them ended up homeless, Ryan Jones organized a federal housing voucher program. He is the deputy director for the Housing Voucher Management and Operations division at the Department of Housing and Urban...