Publications

Partnership for Public Service Welcomes Ruth Porat and Toni Townes-Whitley to its Board of Directors

February 25, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service is pleased to announce that Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Google and Alphabet, and Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. Regulated Industries at Microsoft, have been elected to serve on its board of directors.   Porat has been the CFO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, since May 2015. In 2020, she was ranked 7th on Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” list as well as 16th on Forbes’s “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list. Prior to...

Opinion: It’s about time we reinvent government again

February 24, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Biden’s nominees are getting confirmed at a snail’s pace. As of Wednesday, the Senate has approved only 10 high-level appointments. Biden has made his choices for 58 of these positions, setting a pace well ahead of previous administrations; the Senate, however, is badly lagging, doing worse than each of the last four presidents. To some extent, senators can...

Report Recommends Ways to Improve Internal Agency Support Function

February 23, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

A new report sites lessons that can be gleaned from the way internal agency support functions – such as IT, HR, procurement, financial management and others – have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Roundup: “Bright Spots” of the Federal Pandemic Response; FDA Addresses COVID Variants

February 23, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service compiled a list of 65 “bright spots” in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus. “Telemedicine expanded to more veterans. Legacy paper processes went digital, giving rise to more effective services. Federal employees got remote access to agency systems to retrieve data and information, even at high-security organizations, opening opportunities for...

Biden nominates first South Asian American to lead personnel office

February 23, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Joe Biden announced Feb. 23 that he had selected Kiran Ahuja, a former Department of Justice Lawyer and Office of Personnel Management chief of staff, to lead OPM.

Biden holds first bilateral meeting with a world leader, a virtual session with Trudeau

February 23, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Biden held his first bilateral meeting with a world leader, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Tuesday. In the virtual session, the two discussed the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and refugees. “Our nations share close geography and history that will forever bind us together. But our values are even more consequential,” Biden said in...

Virtual Tools Allow Agencies to Onboard New Workers from a Distance

February 19, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Interviewing, vetting, hiring and onboarding employees have long been viewed as tasks that require face-to-face interaction, numerous meet-and-greets with potential supervisors and colleagues, and a guided tour of the physical workplace.

Pres. Biden looks to puts a hold on any midnight regulations from the Trump administration

February 19, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Joe Biden is looking to freeze any new federal regulations agencies instigated in the waning days of the Trump administration. In a memo, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told agencies to hold off on publishing any new rules until after Biden’s appointees have had a chance to review them. For now, almost...

Senate slows Biden’s record-breaking staffing efforts

February 19, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

On day one, President Biden broke modern records by filling more than a third of the roughly 3,000 political posts across the federal government that do not require Senate confirmation.

The Daily 202: Liz Cheney wants an ideas-driven GOP. Limbaugh predicted her defeat

February 18, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Welcome to The Daily 202 newsletter! Today, we look at the future of the Republican Party through the lens of an intriguing assessment from the late Rush Limbaugh. But don’t miss the latest on President Biden’s economic rescue package. Sometimes local or regional news is national news in disguise, so send me your most interesting published items from outside...