This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released a new plan on the responsible use of artificial intelligence that helps our government catch up with other countries. A post on the Partnership for Public Service blog We the Partnership breaks down that plan and the steps that agencies should take to develop their own AI guidelines.

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In Fed Figures, a new series on the Partnership for Public Service We the Partnership blog, they explore federal workforce data to help everyone better understand where government needs to improve, and which solutions are most likely to generate results. In the first post, they look at federal information technology and the human capital challenge it presents.

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Government Executive Media Group on Thursday announced the inaugural members of the Government Hall of Fame, including Clara Barton, Theodore Roosevelt, Frances Perkins and the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Government Executive created the Hall of Fame this year in connection with its 50th anniversary. It honors the best of the best: those who have demonstrated sustained achievement and unparalleled dedication to public service. The Hall of Fame inductees have had an historic impact on changing government for the better, and their stories serve as an inspiration to others.

The inaugural class includes a mix of distinguished individuals from all eras since 1850—roughly the dawn of modern American government. An elite selection committee of former federal officials and public administration experts chose the 20 members of the inaugural class. Additional inductees from all eras will be added in the coming years.

More information about the Hall of Fame and the Leadership Awards

Government Executive will honor the Hall of Fame inductees at a gala event on the evening of Sept. 19 at Washington National Cathedral. The gala also will recognize the first-ever recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards.

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The Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs partnered with APSIA to host a Public and International Student Advisor (PISA) Workshop for 28 advisors from upstate New York on August 14, 2019.

With financial support from the Robertson Foundation for Government, The Maxwell School is one of three schools selected nationwide to host a PISA Network training.

This half-day workshop featured a comparative look at professional graduate degrees, advice on helping students discern the best fit for them given their career goals, and resources for the advisors to help their students better prepare for application to and funding graduate school.

An alumni panel featured Sari Dallal, Communications Analyst at the World Bank, Amber Demery, Staff Operations Specialist for the FBI, James Murray of the Near East Foundation, and Jennifer-Lee Nieves Alvarez, a Public Partnerships Consultant with UNICEF to highlight the broad range of career opportunities available to graduates in public and international affairs. Content was coordinated by the Maxwell School undergraduate International Relations program in cooperation with the graduate Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.

“Our interactive discussions helped talk through some of the barriers to students’ success, share resources advisors need to advise and champion their students, and explain ways APSIA and graduate programs like ours can assist,” said Christine Omolino, Director of Admission & Financial Aid for Maxwell’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.

The following institutions will now have at least one PISA advisor on campus:

Binghamton University

Cazenovia College

Ithaca College

Le Moyne College

Onondaga Community College

Rochester Institute of Technology

St John Fisher College

SUNY Oswego

Syracuse University

University at Albany

Launched in 2018, the Public and International Service Advisor (PISA) Network brings together undergraduate advisors across the United States to advance understanding of the professions of international affairs, public policy, and public administration on their campuses. The Network provides support for and recognition of advisors as they counsel students to pursue careers in all of these fields.

On Tuesday morning, Government Executive announced the winners of its inaugural Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards.

Earlier this year, in connection with its 50th anniversaryGovernment Executive launched the awards program to honor an all-star team of distinguished federal officials and their partners outside government. The winners have demonstrated outstanding achievement in delivering on government’s promise to serve the American people.

The Leadership Awards program recognizes 15 honorees in the following categories:

  • Visionaries: For those who have developed promising new approaches to solving government’s biggest challenges
  • Directors: For excellence in managing people, programs and policy implementation
  • Pathfinders: For innovation in bringing advances in information technology to government
  • Defenders: For distinguished achievement in national security, homeland security and international affairs
  • Masters: For noteworthy accomplishments in science-related endeavors in areas such as space, health, environment, energy and agriculture
  • Partners: For non-federal sector allies whose support and guidance of government initiatives was key to their success

Among the 15 honorees, National Academy of Public Administration Fellow John Kamensky was recognized for his role as an outstanding partner of the federal workforce. NAPA is a partner of the Robertson Foundation for Government.

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The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is the first-of-its-kind public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity workforce. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain vital public and private sector work experience and even receive up to $75,000, inclusive of tax, in student loan assistance.

Participants selected for the program will be guaranteed a two-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs. Before the end of their federal service, participants will be invited to apply for full-time positions with the program’s private sector partners. Participants hired by these companies will also receive student loan assistance.

By working for some of the most important federal organizations and cutting-edge private sector companies, participants develop the skills and knowledge needed to protect our country’s digital infrastructure and tackle global cybersecurity threats.

Applicant Information and Program Requirements

Students in undergraduate or graduate degree programs in a cybersecurity-related field, such as computer science, engineering, information systems, and mathematics are ideal candidates for this program. Applications are open until October 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Federal agencies will make offers by spring 2020, and most agency placements will start in the summer or fall of 2020. Completion of cyber-related degree prior to federal agency start date is required. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national (a resident of American Samoa and Swains Island) and have outstanding student loans.

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