Written Testimony of Kevin Simpson Executive Vice President and General Counsel Partnership for Public Service
The House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Hearing Entitled "Restoring the Federal Public Lands Workforce"
March 19, 2009
Chairman Grijalva, Representative Bishop, Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I am Kevin Simpson, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the federal civil service by inspiring a new generation to serve and transforming the way the federal government works. We are honored to be here today to discuss morale at the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service (NPS). In our testimony, we will comment on the efforts of these agencies to improve recruitment, retention and overall employee satisfaction, and will suggest areas which we believe would benefit most from this subcommittee’s attention. The Partnership has two principal areas of focus. First, we work to inspire new talent to join federal service. Second, we work with government leaders to help transform government so that the best and brightest will enter, stay and succeed in meeting the challenges of our nation. That includes all aspects of how the federal government manages people, from attracting them to government, leading and engaging them, supporting their development and managing performance; in short, all the essential ingredients for creating, developing and maintaining a world-class workforce.
A New Opportunity On the eve of the Presidential election in November 2008, the Partnership conducted a poll with Gallup on public perceptions of the federal government.1 The research confirmed that most Americans continue to think poorly of their government in general. When asked to assess the performance of various...