Public Service

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The Volcker Alliance has joined with the Partnership for Public Service and the Robertson Foundation for Government to release a “Myth Busters” toolkit to combat widespread ...

Public Service Education Accelerator

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.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service

Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service is an initiative of the Volcker Alliance focused on spurring educational innovation to meet the challenges of complex governance in the future. This project furthers one of the primary objectives of the Alliance: supporting the development of new educational approaches to achieve public service excellence. Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service is a research-based project intended to contribute to the vital work of governance by:

Paul A. Volcker Careers in Government Essay Contest

Effective government starts with YOU! If you are an undergraduate student enrolled at a City University of New York (CUNY) college, participate in the second annual Paul A. Volcker Careers in Government Essay Contest! The Volcker Alliance is hosting this contest in partnership with CUNY to recognize students who aspire to pursue careers in public service.

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Key Competencies for Public Procurement

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.

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Army Magazine
Friday, June 26, 2020

Renewing America's Civil Service

The Need

It has been 40 years since the last meaningful civil service reform. Even as the challenges facing the nation have changed dramatically, the system governing more than two million federal civilian employees has remained stuck in the past, serving as an impediment rather than an aid in attracting, hiring, retaining, and managing a highly skilled workforce. There is no better time than this 40th anniversary to secure the workforce of the future.

The Response

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Speeches and Testimony

GEAR Center Challenge Pilot

In September 2019, the Volcker Alliance, Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University (Civic Impact), and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) won the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center Challenge grand prize.

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