NonProfit Times: Best Nonprofits to Work For 2014 Partnership for Public Service Again Named One of the Nation’s Best Nonprofits to Work For
The Partnership is pleased to announce that it has once again been selected as one of the “Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For 2014,” ranked five out of 50 nonprofits. The rankings are produced annually by The NonProfit Times, the leading business publication for nonprofit management.
The rankings are based on a nationwide survey of nonprofit employees that examines workplace practices in categories ranging from leadership and planning to work environment and training and development. The Partnership is recognized alongside well known nonprofits including the Wounded Warrior Project, Alzheimer’s Association and American Heart Association.

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Ready to GovernReady to Govern: Improving the Presidential Transition
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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

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

Elizabeth Cochran: USGS scientist works on earthquake early warning and monitoring systems

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, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday, October 7
John Palguta, vice president for policy, talks about improving employee satisfaction in the Secret Service.

Tim McManusEvery other Thursday, 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!

Thursday, October 9
Tim shares details on how the White House plans to bring more STEM talent to your agency.

New Issue Brief: Participants’ Insights Into the PMF Program

For more than 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 do participants’ first impressions of the program and their federal agencies compare to how they felt at the conclusion of the two-year fellowship? Are the fellows still committed to public service? What changes need to be made to ensure the program remains a critical pathway to federal service for high-achieving individuals?

In the Partnership’s new issue brief, we surveyed, with assistance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), members of the PMF class of 2011 after completing their two-year fellowships to assess the program’s strengths and weaknesses as well as participants’ satisfaction with their supervisors and rotational and work assignments. In 2011, we surveyed the same group about their initial impressions of the PMF program and their agencies. The findings reveal some positive aspects of the program and some areas of improvement for agencies and OPM.

Download the issue brief »

First Lady Meets with the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medalists

First Lady Michelle Obama greets the winners of the 2014 Sammies Awards, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, and executives in the East Garden Room (Booksellers Area) of the White House, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).

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Spring 2015 Public Service Fellows Program: Applications Close October 24

The Partnership for Public Service is seeking current students or recent graduates to join our team and participate directly in transforming the way government works. The Partnership’s Public Service Fellows Program is ideal for candidates who are passionate about public service and are looking for an opportunity to develop their skills while gaining valuable work experience. The Partnership offers a fast-paced, collaborative work environment located in the heart of Washington, DC. Fellowship positions are available in a range of areas, including communications, development, government affairs and research.

Applications close Friday, October 24.

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Stand-Out Public Servants Receive Coveted Service to America Medals

On Monday, September 22, the Partnership for Public Service presented outstanding public servants with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies). Having earned the reputation as the “Oscars” of public service, the achievements of the 2014 medal recipients range from improving the lives of paralyzed veterans to arguing 125 cases before the Supreme Court to recovering nearly a billion dollars in stolen Medicare funds. The top medal, Federal Employee of the Year, was presented to Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for leading a global vaccination campaign, the Hib Initiative, which will save the lives of millions of children.

“The Service to America Medals are a powerful illustration of the good that government workers do every day, and their impact on our lives,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO. “The best way to strengthen our government is to build on what is working. We will never get what we want from government if all we do is tear it down.”

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Report Release: “Serving Citizens: Strategies
for Customer-Centered Government in the
Digital Age”

Serving CitizensProviding excellent services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is at the core of most federal agencies’ missions. However, customer satisfaction with the government’s services is low and declining. How can agencies design and deliver digital services to best meet their customers’ needs? How have some leaders overcome the barriers to collaborating across traditional organizational boundaries to create a more user-friendly digital experience?

In the new report, “Serving Citizens: Strategies for Customer-Centered Government in the Digital Age,” the Partnership for Public Service and Accenture highlight lessons learned from federal initiatives that have simplified and streamlined the process of interacting with the government by implementing a customer-centered approach to digital services. The report also includes recommendations for reforms that can better empower agencies to provide excellent customer service to citizens.

Download the report »
Watch the panel discussion »
Join the conversation on Twitter #customergovt »

New Podcast Series: Conversations on Big Data

The Partnership for Public Service has paired up with the IBM Center for The Business of Government to create Conversations on Big Data, a series of podcast interviews with federal leaders exploring the power of analytics to enhance the way federal agencies carry out their mission.

This week’s conversation is with Steve Beltz, who discusses the challenges, opportunities and lessons he learned from his experiences managing analytics activities at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, where he is assistant director of the Recovery Operation Center.

Listen to the podcasts »
Read excerpts from the conversation »
Join the conversation on Twitter #missionanalytics »

Report Release:
“Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework”

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.

Download the report »
Watch the panel discussion »
Join the conversation on Twitter #enterprisegovt »

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Transforming Service Delivery: Learning from Federal Payroll Consolidation

The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte will host a panel discussion with past and current e-Payroll executives around the hurdles, outcomes and benefits of this initiative as well as how federal leaders can effectively connect and consolidate agency functions and services.

Learn more and register:

October 21

Training Event:
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. Graduates will have the skills necessary to success­fully conduct their own workshops that specifically address their agency’s unique challenges.

Learn more and register:

October 21–22

Event of Excellence: Innovative Procurement for Government IT

Join the Partnership for Public Service and Lockheed Martin for an interactive discussion with IT procurement experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United Kingdom (UK) about strategies and tactics they use to drive innovation and improve contracts and supplier relationships.

Learn more and register:

November 6

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