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Our wide-ranging research on topics related to government effectiveness and impact helps us develop forward-thinking solutions that change the way government works. We have generated hundreds of research reports on government reform issues, and we continue to delve into the most important challenges confronting how our government operates. Our data-driven thought leadership offers sound analysis and actionable recommendations on the current challenges facing the federal workforce and government structures.

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Featured Publications

Mastering Risk: Ways to Advance Enterprise Risk Management Across Government

The federal government is no stranger to risk. Each day, agencies confront risks that threaten the overall success of their missions. In “Mastering Risk: Ways to Advance Enterprise Risk Management Across Government,” The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte explore how federal leaders can use enterprise risk management to improve decision-making and program outcomes. The…
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Cracking the Code: Harnessing the Exponential Power of Technology

In “Cracking the Code: Harnessing the exponential power of technology,” the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton assess the use of three emerging technologies — artificial intelligence, immersive technologies and edge computing — to identify issues governments should consider to maximize the benefits of these technologies and provide advice for accelerating their adoption.

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Finance of the Future

In “Finance of the Future,” the Partnership and Deloitte summarize the top issues and key conclusions raised during conversations with federal financial leaders to envision a future of more effective financial management. The brief also describes accomplishments and challenges for federal finance leaders and outlines recommendations to help turn the vision for federal finance into a reality.

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Golden State of Collaboration: Fostering Intergovernmental and Cross-Sector Partnerships in California

This issue brief summarizes key themes from roundtable discussions hosted between October 2019 and January 2020 by the Partnership, X Sector Labs and the San Francisco Federal Executive Board, and outlines actions that could increase the number of effective partnerships in California, especially those involving the federal government.

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Tech Talent for 21st Century Government

In this report the Partnership for Public Service and the Tech Talent Project identify top technology and innovation leadership positions in government, the competencies these leaders and their teams need to be successful, advice for recruiting and hiring technical experts, and opportunities and challenges for technology transformation in federal agencies.

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Building the Case for Talent Development

The federal government must invest in its workforce if it is to address modern challenges. The Partnership and Cornerstone OnDemand developed these 5 tips to help agencies prepare a case to leadership for the benefits of talent development.

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A Roadmap to the Future: Toward a More Connected Federal Government

The federal landscape is expected to change dramatically in the next decade as the power and capacity of technology advance, more data becomes available and the demands on federal employees grow and shift. With the U.S. population projected to expand by more than 20 million people in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, government must evolve to keep up.

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Risk and Reward: A Framework for Federal Innovation

From curing diseases to helping launch the internet, the federal government has a history of innovation that has improved the lives of Americans and advanced societal interests. Despite this legacy, outdated systems, rules and processes hinder innovation at a time when government must grapple with a wide array of critical and complex 21st-century challenges.

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Government for the People: The Road to Customer-Centered Services

The Partnership for Public Service, with support from Accenture Federal Services, identified the steps agencies can take to become more customer-centered, based on extensive interviews with agency leaders. 

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California’s Talent Gap: Recruiting and Hiring a New Generation of Federal Employees

This issue brief provides an overview of federal entry-level talent needs in California, discusses recruiting and hiring challenges and offers strategies agencies can use to get quality talent in the door.

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Looking Inward for Talent: Retraining Employees for Tomorrow’s Jobs

In “Looking Inward for Talent: Retraining Employees for Tomorrow’s Jobs,” the Partnership for Public Service and General Assembly make the case for why agencies should consider reskilling and upskilling and present a blueprint to help agencies make workforce retraining an integral part of their talent management strategy.

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Colleagues as Customers: How Mission-Support Services Can Improve the Customer Experience

The Partnership for Public Service and Medallia identify three key strategies for mission-support service providers to use to improve the internal customer experience.

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