Why do federal employees enter public service?

In May, we sent a survey to federal employees asking them why they are drawn to public service. For many of the federal employees who responded, one motivation stands above the rest: the desire to give back.

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A revealing look at racial diversity in the federal government

By: Brandon Lardy

While the federal government uses a merit system to ensure fairness in hiring, pay and promotions, federal employees of color still face a biased system. A look at the data shows that people of color hold a smaller percentage of professional or senior-level positions than their percentage of the workforce.

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Future of Government Service Survey: How do your views compare with other federal executives?

Discussions about the future of public service and how to strengthen the federal government must be informed by the right data. The Future of Government Service Survey collects that data through feedback from federal executives. Learn why you should take the survey if contacted.

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The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative: Recruiting the next digital defenders

By: Brittany Moore

The number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the public and private sectors continue to rise, but there remains a lack of qualified professionals to fill those positions. The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative aims to fill that gap.

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Why I Serve: Federal employees share their proudest accomplishments

This Public Service Recognition Week, we asked federal employees to share their stories of working in government. Read some of their top accomplishments around saving lives, protecting the environment and recruiting the next generation of public servants.

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Celebrating the work of civil servants who safeguard our nation

By: Brandon Lardy

In celebration of Public Service Recognition Week, take a look at three positions in the federal workforce that play a key role in protecting the public.

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COVID-19 and the serious threat to vulnerable federal employees

By: Brandon Lardy

Veterans Health Administration employees are at high risk for COVID-19 not only because of their frequent contact with veterans suspected or confirmed to be infected with the virus, but also because of their age. With more than 14% of VHA medical officers older than 65, federal leaders must figure out how to protect the health and safety of those working to stop the spread.

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Inspired to Serve: Steps to advance public service and build a stronger federal workforce

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service’s Inspired to Serve report details practical solutions to improving the federal workforce and attracting new generations to public service. Commissioner Steve Barney gives an overview of the policy recommendations for improving the federal personnel systems detailed in the report.

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You don’t have to go to D.C. to see our government in action

By: Brandon Lardy

It’s a common misconception that most federal employees work in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, but 85% of employees are actually based outside of the capital. Take a closer look at the geography of the federal workforce.

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These 11 agencies prove government can be a best place to work

In the 2019 Best Places to Work rankings, 11 agencies scored higher than the private sector in employee engagement. Max Stier at the Partnership and Danny Werfel at BCG explore how federal leaders can continue to enhance the employee experience.

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