Partnership for Public Service and Volcker Alliance to Host Civil Service Reform Town Hall

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 9, the Partnership for Public Service and the Volcker Alliance, two nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations focused on helping build a high-performing, effective government, will host a town hall to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act, the last major congressional overhaul of the federal civil service system. Current and former agency leaders will discuss what is needed to modernize the federal personnel system and build a government that can more effectively address the challenges facing our country.

“America’s civil servants are mission-driven and go above and beyond to serve our country,” said Max Stier, CEO and president of the Partnership for Public Service. “Yet, they are governed by outdated management systems. In the four decades since the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 was passed, the nature of the work and the types of skills needed by public servants have changed immensely. We need to modernize the civil service system so it’s an aid, not an impediment, to building and sustaining a high-performing workforce that reflects today’s needs and is ready for tomorrow’s challenges.”

Thomas W. Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance, said, “The civil service system is designed to ensure that the ongoing operations and the nuts and bolts of government are carried out day in and day out by a talented, merit-based workforce free from inappropriate political interference. We are excited to both celebrate the work of the many public servants in our government on the anniversary of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act and to hear from the distinguished officials who are joining our May 9 event.”

What: A town hall discussion on modernizing the federal civil service will take place during Public Service Recognition Week, an annual celebration of the women and men who serve our nation as federal, state and local government employees.

Who: Current and formal federal leaders who understand the need for and can share ways to overhaul the civil service system.

Moderated by Libby Casey, on-air reporter, politics and accountability, The Washington Post

Distinguished guests include:
Jeff Pon, director, Office of Personnel Management
Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management, Office of Management and Budget
Charles Bolden, former administrator, NASA
Russ Deyo, former undersecretary for management, Department of Homeland Security
Adam Schildge, division chief, Urban Programs, Department of Transportation
Thomas W. Ross, president, Volcker Alliance
Max Stier, president and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

When: Wednesday, May 9, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m., registration)

Where: Partnership for Public Service, 1100 New York Ave, NW, Suite 200 East, Washington, D.C.

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