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Adverse Actions: The Rules and the Reality

This monograph contains six interrelated articles that describe the official rules for adverse actions and then use survey data to analyze how the adverse action system actually operates in practice. Topics covered include: (1) the new employee probationary period; (2) the new supervisor probationary period; (3) the standard of proof;…

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Due Process in Federal Civil Service Employment

This report explains the interaction between the U.S. Constitution and adverse personnel actions in a merit-based civil service. It discusses the current civil service laws for adverse actions and the history behind their formation. It also addresses why the Constitution requires that any system to remove a public employee for…

Completed Research and Capstones

Training & Development for the Senior Executive Service: A Necessary Investment

The Federal Government has approximately 7,000 career senior executives (members of the Senior Executive Service, or "SES") who provide day-to-day leadership and direction for major Federal programs and organizations. This report reviews current practices in training and development (T&D) for the career SES and finds that the “systematic development” envisioned…

Completed Research and Capstones

Improving Federal Personnel Managment

The FY 2017 White House budget request highlighted the need to strengthen the federal workforce. GAO identified some best practices to do so.

Completed Research and Capstones

Assessing the Past and Promise of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for Public Management Research: A Research Synthesis

Since 2002, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has used the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) to monitor efforts by federal executive agencies to manage human capital. Public management researchers have used FEVS data to produce dozens of peer-reviewed publications on a range of topics of interest to policy makers,…



UnlockTalent.gov is a comprehensive data visualization dashboard created by the US Office of Personnel Management to help Government leaders make data driven decisions and design initiatives to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. While previously only federal managers and leaders were able to access Unlocktalent.gov, with the release of the 2015…

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Forging Practitioner-Scholar Partnerships

When the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Public Administration Review (PAR) were founded during 1939-1940, practitioners and scholars stood together to forge relationships to advance public administration at the cutting edge of good government. This editorial introduces PAR's package of contributions about the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS),…

Completed Research and Capstones

The Merit System in Crisis

The merit principle is in crisis--and here's a video of Don Kettl's presentation at the Truman School of the University of Missouri. It's based on his recent article in GOVERNANCE.

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