Our country, facing a deadly pandemic, economic turmoil and a host of serious domestic and international challenges, needs a federal government that is capable of dealing with our current problems and those looming on the horizon.   

This requires rebuilding and revitalizing our government, the nation’s most important democratic institution, by improving federal leadership, supporting the federal workforce, promoting innovation, modernizing technology and accelerating collaboration across government and across sectors.   

The Biden administration and Congress have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on recent innovations and set the government on a sustained path to renewal. To seize this opportunity, we believe there are four key issues the administration and Congress must prioritize.  

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The federal government must address its leadership crisis by supporting and developing leaders at all levels with consistent standards focused on modern competencies and core values of stewardship and public trust.
To build a workforce for the future, the federal government must recruit, hire and retain diverse talent with the skills needed to meet the complex challenges facing our nation.
Our country needs an effective, innovative government that can meet the demands of a fast-paced, interconnected, technology-driven world.
Solving major challenges requires an unparalleled level of cooperation and collaboration among agencies, different branches and levels of government, and the private and nonprofit sectors.
Fixing Government: Judy Woodruff in Conversation with Max Stier

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the National Institute hosted its fourth virtual forum of the year. PBS NewsHour anchor and journalist Judy Woodruff interviewed Max Stier, the President of the Partnership for Public Service, about his two decades of bipartisan efforts to improve the practice of government in America and the future prospects for making government more efficient and effective.
Survey on the Future of Government Service

The 2020 Survey on the Future of Government Service includes questions about federal employee hiring, performance, management and government reform. It is hoped that this survey will contribute to evidence-based decision making on the future of public service.
Bright Spots: Federal Success Stories from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amid an ongoing global pandemic, federal agencies have continued to deliver critical services to the American public. For a deeper look at how our government has forged innovative solutions to address the COVID-19 health crisis, read our “bright spots” resources.