Partnership Teams | Policy

John PalgutaJohn Palguta
Vice President

Prior to joining the Partnership in December 2001, John was a career member of the federal senior executive service as Director of Policy and Evaluation for the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the culmination of a federal career spanning almost 34 years of experience in federal human resources management and public policy issues. 

Prior to joining MSPB in 1979, John was a branch chief in the Office of Personnel Management’s personnel office.  He also held various positions with OPM’s predecessor, the U.S. Civil Service Commission, starting as a personnel management intern in 1970 in the Commission’s San Francisco Region and later serving as a personnel management advisor for federal agencies in the four states served by the region. In 1976, he moved to Washington, D.C., to become an agency officer in the Commission’s Bureau of Personnel Management Evaluation. He began his career in federal service with the U.S. Post Office in 1968.

John received a B.A. degree in Sociology from California State University at Northridge and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He is active in a number of professional associations and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Vice Chair of the Coalition for Effective Change, and a past President of the Federal Section of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). He has published a number of articles on federal human resources management issues and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and other forums.  He has received MSPB’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, and also received the 2006 Warner W. Stockberger award, which is the highest honor presented annually by IPMA-HR.

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