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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

We'll soon find out which agencies made the 2014 Best Places To Work in the Federal Government list. The Partnership for Public Service is scheduled to release the annual survey next Tuesday (Dec. 9). As anticipation builds, John Palguta, vice president for public policy at the Partnership joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some action items for agency managers in advance of the release.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:41am EST
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Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

Tags: Jon Tester , Senate , Katherine Archuleta , J. David Cox , OPM , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jeri L. Buchholz , NASA , Carol Waller Pope , FLRA , employee satisfaction , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Workforce , Sequestration , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 01:35pm EDT

'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Tags: SES , SEA , Commerce , USDA , DoD , Partnership for Public Service , Workforce , pay , Veterans Affairs , Interior Department , general schedule , Sean McCalley

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

Words from the wise: How 3 agencies attained best places to work status

NASA, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Communications Commission found success by engaging both managers and employees. All three agencies earned high marks in the annual Best Places to Work survey.

Tags: management , Workforce , FCC , Patent and Trademark Office , NASA , Partnership for Public Service , Robert Lightfoot , Ruth Milkman , Peggy Focarino , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:30am EST
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Best Places to Work rankings show repeat winners and all-time lows

2013 marks the lowest employee satisfaction scores in agencies, according to the annual Best Places to Work report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Governmentwide numbers show the federal workforce most concerned with leadership, mission and pay.

Tags: Partnership for Pubic Service , Deloitte , employee satisfaction , Workforce , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:00am EST
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Highest ranked agencies distinguished by strong leadership

NASA, the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation share a common trait that led them to the top ranking for their size class in the Partnership for Public Service's seventh annual Best Places to Work survey. Transportation, OMB and the National Credit Union Administration earn the most improved status by implementing the best practices of the leading agencies.

Tags: management , Transportation , Surface Transportation Board , NASA , Partnership for Public Service , OMB , Daniel Elliott , John Porcari , Lori Garver , Danny Werfel , Max Stier , Workforce , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:42am EST
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FEMA turns to data to fix employee morale problem

Last year, FEMA ranked 231 out of 241 agencies in the Best Places to Work rankings, compiled by the Partnership for Public Service. This year the agency took a deep-dive look at the Employee Viewpoint Survey data to help explain why workers are so unhappy.

Tags: FEMA , DHS , Carter Hewgley , data analysis , Employee Viewpoint Survey , management , Workforce

Friday - 07/27/2012, 12:52pm EDT

In scandal, buck stops with federal executives

Martha Johnson modeled the "ultimate in accountability" when she stepped down Monday as head of the General Services Administration in light of an Inspector General report that outlined wasteful spending at a 2010 training conference in Las Vegas. Also, two other GSA officials were fired Monday.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , GSA , Martha Johnson , management , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 09:33am EDT
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Best Places list is a recruiting tool

The annual rankings can serve as a recruiting tool for agencies, said Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership.

Tags: Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service , management , best practices , In Depth

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 06:21pm EST
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Donovan focuses on morale to turn around HUD

Congress gave Department of Housing and Urban Development programs to help homeless vets a slight boost in fiscal year 2012, in what may be a sign that Secretary Shaun Donovan's plan to turn around an agency once called the "poster child for scandal-ridden, dysfunctional bureaucracy" is working. Donovan said he is emphasizing performance based on data, and demanding that HUD staff increase collaboration among themselves and with other agencies. He spoke Thursday at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington.

Tags: Shaun Donovan , HUD , Government Executive , EIG , budget , Workforce , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Emily Kopp

Friday - 11/18/2011, 04:43pm EST
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