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Congressional disagreements on spending could lead to shutdown

The federal government debt ceiling is expected to lead to a standoff between the president and the House of Representatives. It could mean potential cuts in discretionary spending for federal agencies. Many House Republicans have said they do not want to cut Pentagon spending, Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill, stated, but it […]


‘We have a real crisis with the FAA,’ aviation fellow says

On Jan. 11, all U.S. flights were grounded after a Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) data outage. It’s the first time U.S. air space has been shut down since 9/11. The travel nightmare comes just weeks after Southwest Airlines cancelled thousands of flights due to weather and staffing. The outage affected the Notice to Air Missions […]


Reducing carbon emissions in the federal government

The federal government is the largest energy consumer in the country. Last year, it launched an initiative to reduce federal emissions to net zero. The General Services Administration (GSA) is leading the effort to transform all government buildings into sustainable facilities. The GSA, Department of Energy and Department of Defense are trying to find ways […]


Who holds the government accountable?

Gene Dodaro is the head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). It oversees federal operations and protects American tax-payer dollars. The GAO investigated college financial aid and found that in 91% of cases, colleges were not providing accurate information about the costs of attending the school to students, Dodaro said. In response to these findings, […]


‘Homelessness is a life and death public health crisis,’ USICH executive director says

A new federal strategic plan aims to reduce American homelessness by 25 percent in 2025. America has not done a great job of preventing homelessness before it happens, Jeff Olivet, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, said. Part of the problem, Olivet explained, is the lack of supply of affordable housing and […]


Creating a better customer experience in the federal government

About a year ago, the president issued an executive order calling on agencies to make changes to improve the customer experience for citizens. The Partnership for Public Service spoke to customer experience leaders across the federal government to find out what’s working and what needs to be improved. Read the report here. The executive order […]


‘Meeting people where they are’ is the key to increasing innovation, director of the USPTO says

The mission of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to support American innovation, issue patents and trademarks and drive economic growth. Protecting intellectual property is critical to protecting innovation, Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO said. Women Entrepreneurship Initiative was started because women are the […]


Federal government facing leadership challenges

The Partnership for Public Service is a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the federal government by developing effective leaders and recognizing excellence in the federal workforce.

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