Partnership for Public Service statement on the nomination of Lisa Brown to be general counsel at the Department of Education

May 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service released the following statement from President and CEO Max Stier on the nomination of Lisa Brown to be the general counsel for the Department of Education. 

“We applaud President Joe Biden for selecting Lisa Brown as general counsel at the Department of Education,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Her extensive experience in government, the law and mostly recently in higher education make her an exceptional choice to take on this important job. I urge the Senate to quickly consider Brown’s nomination.” 

The Partnership for Public Service’s Department of Education oversight snapshot provides a wide array of data and insights regarding the agency. Some key data points include:  

  • Number of employees: 3,799 (as of December 2020) 
  • 2019 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government score and rank: 43.7 out of 100, ranking 25th out of 25 midsize agencies  
  • Employee confidence in whistleblower protections: 54.6%, which is 9.9% lower than the government-wide score of 64.5% 
  • Number of positions requiring Senate confirmation: 16 

The Partnership produces and maintains several other resources to assess and analyze the health of the federal government. These include a political appointments tracker with The Washington Post to follow the progress of nearly 800 of President Biden’s Senate-confirmed political appointments, and the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, produced by the Partnership and Boston Consulting Group, which measure employee engagement government-wide as well as at individual departments, agencies and subcomponents. The 2020 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings will be released in June 2021. 

During the past 19 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation. Visit to learn more. Follow us on social @PublicService and subscribe today to get the latest federal news, information on upcoming Partnership programs and events, and more.    


Publication Type: Commentary