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.
On the heels of budget cuts, pay freezes and hiring slow-downs, more than 114,000 people left the federal government in 2013, mostly through retirements. Additionally, the number of employees who voluntarily resigned from federal service increased every year since 2009. With the steady turnover, it is imperative for federal leaders to closely examine who they are losing and assess their short- and long-term needs. Who did government lose in 2013? Which agencies had the highest attrition rates and are people in specific occupations leaving at higher rates? To address these questions, the Partnership for Public Service analyzed recent separations data for full-time, nonseasonal, permanent civilian employees who left the federal government in fiscal 2013 in executive branch agencies, excluding the U.S. Postal Service.
Communication from agency leadership can have a significant impact on employee attitudes toward their jobs and workplaces. But according to a new Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® analysis from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte, communicating effectively and motivating employees is a challenge for many leaders, with only half of the federal workforce satisfied with the level of communication from senior leaders and managers. The analysis includes a leadership communication score for each of the 371 federal agencies and subcomponents, as well as helpful steps you can take to improve the impact of leadership communication in your organization.
As a result of the 2008–2009 economic downturn and increased budget constraints, federal hiring has been on the decline. With fewer opportunities to bring on new employees, it is critical for agencies to focus on hiring the most highly qualified individuals to meet the nation’s needs. Who did government hire in 2013 and how has the profile of this hiring class evolved from previous years? Where are these new employees located and in which agencies do they serve? To answer these questions, the Partnership for Public Service analyzed recent hiring data for full-time, nonseasonal, permanent civilian employees hired in fiscal 2013 in executive branch agencies, excluding the U.S. Postal Service.
Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier today released the following statement commending Senator Tester (D-Mont.) for introducing the Competitive Service Act of 2014:
“Kudos to Sen. Tester for proposing common-sense, cost-effective federal hiring reforms that will allow agencies to more efficiently hire top-flight candidates. The legislation will authorize agencies to share their best-qualified job candidates with one another, which will enable our government to recruit better talent, in addition to saving time and money. We urge Congress to pass Sen. Tester’s legislation.”
The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service released a comprehensive report in April 2014 calling for major reforms to the government’s decades-old civil service system, laying out a plan to modernize areas that include the outdated hiring policies. “Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework” calls the federal personnel system, the foundation for effective government, obsolete and in crisis, and an obstacle rather than an aid in attracting, hiring, retaining and developing top talent.
The Partnership is proud to announce that it has been named one of the “Top Workplaces for 2014” by The Washington Post. Top Workplace selections are based entirely on employee feedback, which is gathered through the WorkplaceDynamics employee survey. Of the organizations surveyed that employ 50 to 150 workers in the Washington region, the Partnership was ranked 28 out of 80 small companies.
Marking the start of Public Service Recognition Week, the Partnership is pleased to announce this year’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists—outstanding federal employees who are making high-impact contributions to the health, safety and welfare of countless Americans and others around the world.
The finalists are contenders for eight prestigious Service to America Medals, including Federal Employee of the Year, set to be announced on Sept. 22 at a Washington, D.C. dinner. The Service to America Medals have earned a reputation as the most prestigious awards to honor America’s civil servants.
In the new report, “Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework,” the Partnership for Public Service calls for major reforms to the federal government’s decades-old civil service system and lays out a plan to modernize areas that include the outdated pay and hiring policies.
“Our nation’s civil service system is a relic of a bygone era,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Our nation’s leadership must make it a priority to create a civil service system that our public servants deserve and that will produce the results our country needs.”
Produced in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, the comprehensive report calls the federal personnel system, the foundation for effective government, obsolete and in crisis, and an obstacle rather than an aid in attracting, hiring, retaining and developing top talent.
The report calls for overhauling the entire civil service system, including pay, performance management, hiring, job classification, accountability and workplace justice, and the Senior Executive Service, the nation’s career leadership corps.
President Barack Obama meets with Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals finalists and winners in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal honorees were proud and energized to hear directly from President Obama about how important their work is to our nation,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Post-shutdown, at a time when federal leaders are refocusing the workforce on the mission at hand, the President sent a powerful message about his support of our nation’s talented public servants.”
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.
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Please join the Partnrship for Public Service and Accenture for the release of “Serving Citizens: Strategies for Customer-Centered Government in the Digital Age.” The event will feature a presentation of the report’s key findings and a panel discussion with federal leaders who are leading customer-centered initiatives.
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This two-day training program offers participants a hands-on approach to action planning designed to improve employee engagement and drive agency performance. Graduates will have the skills necessary to successfully conduct their own workshops that specifically address their agency’s unique challenges.
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