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Ready to GovernReady to Govern: Improving the Presidential Transition
Examines the three phases of the 2008–2009 transition and offers a set of recommendations to ensure that presidential transitions do not depend on personalities and good will.
Making Smart CutsMaking Smart Cuts: Lessons from the 1990s Budget Front

Analyzes lessons-learned from government downsizing in the 1990s and provides eight budget reduction strategies for policy makers and agency leaders as they begin to make difficult fiscal decisions about what’s important—and what’s expendable at federal agencies.

Best Places to Work in the Federal GovernmentBest Places to Work in the Federal Government®
The rankings are the most comprehensive and authoritative rating and analysis of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government.

Federal Coach

Tom Fox, The Federal CoachIn a unique collaboration, The Washington Post and the Partnership produce The Federal Coach, a leadership column and blog hosted by Tom Fox, director of the Partnership's innovative Center for Government Leadership. Please visit The Federal Coach for advice on how to break through the bureaucracy and overcome professional obstacles

Friday, Feb. 8
Pushing change through the government: An interview with White House and OMB veteran Lisa Brown

Thursday, Feb. 7
Developing leadership principles

Thursday, Jan. 31
Improving your skills as a federal leader

To read past columns and blogs, go to the Federal Coach page »

Janine Van NormanJanine Van Norman: Protecting endangered foreign animal and plant species

To read more stories of remarkable federal employees doing extraordinary work on behalf of the American people, please visit The Washington Post's website. The Partnership collaborates with The Washington Post to produce its weekly Federal Player and Fed Faces series.

John PalgutaTune in to Federal News Radio 1500 AM every other Tuesday to hear John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, discuss the latest in federal workforce issues on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday, Feb. 5
The threat of sequestration

Tim McManusEvery other Friday, listen to Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach, on In Depth with Francis Rose, where he shares tips on how to land a hot federal job, among other topics!

Friday, Feb. 1
OPM changes the way it works with agencies

Apply Today for the Summer 2013 Public Service Fellows Program

The Partnership’s Public Service Fellows program is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows’ duties often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. The Fellows program also incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings geared toward students and young professionals.

Applications for summer 2013 close Friday, March 8.

Learn more and apply now »

#ConnectedGov: Engaging Stakeholders in the Digital AgeReport Release: “#ConnectedGov: Engaging Stakeholders in the Digital Age”

The Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton released today, “#ConnectedGov: Engaging Stakeholders in the Digital Age,” a new report examining how agencies can best use social media to deliver vital services, fulfill their mission and broaden how they engage with the American public.

The report includes a practical guide for federal managers on how they can employ social media effectively and profiles of 7 agency programs using social media to reach their goals and realizing cost-effective and promising results.

Download the report »
Join the conversation on Twitter #ConnectedGov »

Max Stier Commentary: Stop Using Feds as Pawns in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Since the November election, our national discourse has been dominated by the march to the edge of the “fiscal cliff”—the urgent need to reach a budget deal that will prevent taxes from going up on the middle class and automatic and deep cuts from taking effect across the government. It’s an important debate with great consequence for our country.

One of the pawns in these negotiations has been the federal workforce. During the past two years, federal pay has been frozen, pension contributions for new employees have been increased, retirements are up, hiring has slowed and agency budgets have been slashed. Several proposals have been floated that would extend the pay freeze, cut federal benefits and limit backfilling of vacant positions.

Read the complete Government Executive commentary »

2012 Best Places to Work Rankings Released

Produced by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte, the 2012 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal employees view their jobs and workplaces, providing insights into issues ranging from leadership and pay to teamwork and work/life balance.

It has been a challenging year for most federal agencies and employees, and the 2012 results provide valuable perspectives of federal employees on a variety of topics. Agencies are ranked by 10 workplace categories, including effective leadership, pay, teamwork, training and development, and work/life balance. Government-wide, the new rankings show a decline in not just overall employee satisfaction, but in all of these categories.

View the 2012 rankings »
Register for Best Places to Work webinars »
Join the conversation about Best Places to Work on Twitter #BPTW

New Issue Brief: The Presidential Management Fellows Program: First Impressions From the Class of 2011

For 35 years, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program has been the government’s premier initiative for recruiting and developing top talent from graduate schools across the country. How is the PMF program meeting the expectations of its participants? What changes need to be made to ensure the program remains a critical pathway to federal service for future government managers and leaders? These are a few of the questions the Partnership set out to answer in its new issue brief. The findings reveal some positive aspects of the program and some warning signals that deserve attention.

Download the issue brief »

The State of the FDA WorkforceReport Release: “The State of the FDA Workforce”

On November 19, the Partnership for Public Service with The Pew Charitable Trusts released, “The State of the FDA Workforce.” Charged with protecting the nation’s public health, it’s vital that the FDA meet its scientific staffing needs. This new report examines the agency’s progress in shoring up its key scientific workforce and includes recommendations for how the FDA can improve its recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

Download the report »

From Data to Decisions II: Building an Analytics CultureFrom Data to Decisions II: Building an Analytics Culture

The Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for The Business of Government released, “From Data to Decisions II: Building an Analytics Culture.” This second report on using information to measure and improve performance examines what it really takes to build analytics into an agency’s decision-making processes and culture.

The report includes concrete steps for building a disciplined approach to analytics and profiles of seven agencies using analytics to achieve better results.

Download the report »
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Best Places to Work Interagency Workshop: Effective Internal Communications Strategies

Hear from a panel of agency and business leaders as they share communications strategies that can help increase engagement, satisfaction, trust, and productivity among employees to drive change and help improve your agency’s score on the Best Places to Work index.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Predicting Potential: Identifying and Assessing Talent for Your Future Workforce

Converting talented Pathways Programs participants into full-time federal employees will be critical to the success of these initiatives. Please join us to discuss how your agency can maximize the chance to select and retain the right talent by carefully choosing both initial and on-the-job assessment criteria, and implementing evaluation mechanisms.

Thursday, March 7

Excellence in Government Fellows Graduation, Spring 2012-2013

During the past year, 76 Excellence in Government Fellows from across the federal government have strengthened their leadership abilities through a proven combination of innovative coursework, best practices benchmarking, challenging action-learning projects, executive coaching and government-wide networking.

Thursday, March 7

Best Places to Work Action Planning Facilitation Training

This two-day training program offers participants a hands-on approach to action planning designed to improve employee engagement and drive agency performance.

March 20-21

Go Government Spring 2013 Webinar Series

This three-part webinar series provides university career services professionals with convenient webinars to show students and alumni looking for federal opportunities.

March 20, April 11

Public Service Recognition Week

Honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

May 5-11
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Call to Serve Webinar - Spotlight on Diversity and Disability Hiring in Government

Career services professionals will learn how their students can leverage this government-wide focus to secure federal employment.

Wednesday, May 8

For questions about our events, please contact events@ourpublicservice.org or call (202) 775-9111.