In 2016, the Volcker Alliance examined the state of the public workforce responsible for $2 trillion in procurement spending each year. The Alliance proposed a model of the essential skills and competencies required for public procurement that could be applicable at all levels of government. The Alliance then engaged with procurement officials and thought leaders, public affairs scholars, vendors, and other government leaders to collect their impressions of the workforce’s current proficiency in each critical capacity.
Public Service Education
The Public Service Curriculum Project aims to provide an unobstructed view of the current state of the field of public service education. The Project will utilize machine learning and other advanced analytical tools to assess and catalog defining characteristics of leading public service education programs. The Public Service Curriculum Project (the “Project”), led by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Robert F.
Paul A. Volcker, the founder of the Volcker Alliance, recognized the singular capacity of Schools of Public Service to strengthen the public sector workforce and help solve the great issues of our time. The Public Service Education Accelerator (PSE Accelerator), an initiative launched by the Volcker Alliance in 2020, operates under this same belief and is dedicated to developing and implementing innovative strategies to amplify the reach and impact of public service education.