For many federal agencies, summer marks the arrival of interns. Among the fresh-faced kids could be one of the next generation of federal public servants. It is important to offer them an opportunity to see what’s great about the work you do. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the possibilities.
These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration. But it’s the people occupying these offices that are best positioned to make real changes in the way agencies perform their missions.
Mallory Barg Bulman and Ron Sanders joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the results of a joint study between the Partnership of Public Service and Booz Allen looking at what should happen when deputies are appointed to federal agencies.
Cybersecurity is more about people than technology. That’s why the federal agencies having to do with cybersecurity need certain vacant management positions filled. Federal News Radio’s Eric White discussed this with Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The 9/11 attacks wrecked a big chunk of New York City infrastructure. Hurricane Sandy washed away parts of New Jersey and New York. For decades, waterways feeding East Coast ports were too shallow. Joseph Seebode, deputy district engineer and the chief of programs and project management at the Army Corps of Engineers, is a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program. He tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how he’s going to fix all those problems.
The Senate is tied up with the 2018 budget and probing whether Russia influenced the 2016 election. But members still remain interested in the Veterans Affairs Department. The committee is marking up the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. If enacted, this bill could help the department attract the talent management says it needs. Kristine Simmons, vice president of government affairs at the Partnership for Public Service, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
The Trump administration is calling on agencies to find new ways to improve services to citizens, including an overhaul of digital services. That’s where the Federal Agency Customer Experience Act of 2017 comes in. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how things are adding up.
Federal agency leaders report President Trump’s order to plan for reorganization has resulted in low morale and has had a negative impact on their ability to fulfill their agency’s mission. But a survey of more than 600 of those leaders indicates most do not plan to leave their agencies or alter their dedication to the mission.
Cabinet secretaries, many of whom are newcomers to government, say they’re impressed by the dedication and hard work they’ve seen from colleagues at the career levels of their agencies within the first 100 days of the Trump administration. They offered their congratulations to the 26 finalists of the Partnership for Public Service’s prestigious Service to America Medals.
One of the highlights of Public Service Recognition Week is meeting the Service to America medal finalists. Max Stier, president and chief executive at the Partnership for Public Service, gave Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on Federal Drive with Tom Temin a look at some of the finalists and why Public Service Recognition week is so important.
The annual federal employee viewpoint survey will be coming out soon. It will give people a chance to sound off about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans. It will also give managers a look at what the rank-and-file is thinking. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, elaborates on this opportunity on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
If the government workforce shrinks, as President Donald Trump says he thinks it should, then agencies need to make sure the people they do have are top notch. Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how agencies can improve their recruiting game.
The Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to come up with new performance management plans by June 30. Human capital experts say the OMB guidance prompts agencies to consider several important questions but focuses too heavily on addressing poor performers, and not enough on recruiting and retaining top employees.
The Office of Management and Budget’s plan to reorganize the government and restructure the federal workforce isn’t a direct threat to agency employees, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said. The Trump administration sees it as a way to finally recognize what Mulvaney describes as a deep-seated frustration in the federal workforce: top performers are rarely rewarded for their work, while poor-performers escape with few consequences.
Public Service Recognition Week is just around the corner. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what feds can expect this year.