NASPAA organized a
Data Summit on Entry-level Federal
convened 30 federal
agency leaders, researchers, and faculty to discuss how systematically
collecting, sharing, and analyzing personnel data can lead to improved
NASPAA president Ethel Williams discussed
the importance of public affairs education on
Federal News Radio, offering a response to a December Washington Post
op-ed critical of public policy schools.
NASPAA released a
Statement on the
October US federal government shutdown, focused on the potential
impact on the next generation of public service.
Cafe" online community has launched! The
website facilitates engagement and collaboration between member
schools, faculty and students and federal agencies.
For a quick overview, see one-page flyers for schools and
NASPAA organized a
Salute to the Next Generation forum
at George Washington University, as part of Public Service Recognition Week
The program is posted here.
NASPAA discussed the forum, and the Pathways
Programs, on a Federal News Radio
FEDtalk show about Public Service Recognition Week.
NASPAA organized and emceed an OPM
webcast on the federal Pathways Programs for
Students and Recent Graduates on April 25, 2013. The video will be
posted shortly. (5/1/13)
NASPAA appeared on the
"FEDTalk" radio show to discuss the status of the Pathways Programs.
regulations for the Pathways Programs were released on May 11, 2012.
NASPAA has published a
summary and analysis of the changes made since the draft regulations.
NASPAA was quoted in a
Washington Post article on a House committee opening an inquiry into
the email and IT problems that the PMF program has experienced recently.
formal comments and
on the proposed regulations, as did a large number of member schools as well
as university presidents and provosts. (10/4/11)
In general, the draft regulations were
very favorable to students and graduates of public affairs schools.
However, there are a few provisions that should be changed to ensure that
the programs are robust and attract the nation's top talent.
Previously, NASPAA published a summary
and analysis of the proposed regulations, and issued a Statement
upon their release.
NASPAA and three member schools were quoted
Chronicle of Higher Education feature article on the Pathways
Washington Post published an
editorial supporting federal hiring
reform for students, which
refers to NASPAA's Senate testimony.
Executive Director Laurel McFarland
at a US
Senate hearing on "Inspiring Students to Federal Service" on
June 21. Video of the hearing and all statements are posted at
the Senate Committee page.
[NASPAA testimony begins at the 76:30 mark.]
NASPAA's testimony was quoted in a
Washington Post column and an
Inside Higher Ed article.
NASPAA’s top policy priority is a push for the reform of
federal hiring of graduate students, specifically strengthening the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.
NASPAA will monitor and work closely with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), other federal agencies, good-government groups, and the higher education community throughout the regulatory process. In addition to ensuring that graduate students are included in the
forthcoming Pathways Programs, we will advocate for meaningful, evaluative essay questions and in-person interviews in the PMF selection process.
NASPAA organized a successful, well-attended "Working
Session on the Pathways Executive Order" on March 7, 2011 to
discuss five "aspirations" in the Pathways EO. The
National Academy of Public
Administration co-sponsored the meeting, and seven
organizations lent their names as Supporting Sponsors. The meeting
program are available.
Press coverage of the meeting (both articles quote Paul
Posner, director of the George Mason Univ. MPA program):
Letter to OPM on the importance of including graduate students in
the Pathways Programs, from the deans of
APSIA's US member schools.
NASPAA Statement on White House “Pathways”
on Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates
- NASPAA applauds the President and OPM for the “trailblazing” initiative
letter to OPM
urging the full inclusion of graduate students in the Pathways Programs.
NASPAA White Paper: Building the Federal Workforce for the 21st Century: Pathways for Graduate Students
- Letter transmitting paper to
John Berry, OPM Director
NASPAA member dean Stephen Crosby of the University of Massachusetts
testified before a Congressional Committee on improving federal
hiring for students and recent graduates.
NASPAA White Paper: Blazing Graduate Pathways into Federal Service