It matters who fills government jobs during a crisis, as the Embassy Panama City staff working to assist U.S. citizens returning home proves. Read more about the federal response to COVID-19 in our round up of recent articles.

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The Pandemic’s Big Takeaway: It Matters Who Fills Government Jobs
The coronavirus pandemic is terrifying, writes Thomas W. Ross, President of The Volcker Alliance. It has shaken and disrupted our lives, altering the way we think about day-to-day routines, our families, our colleagues, and our communities. The pandemic is also making it strikingly clear that the survival and security of people everywhere depends on government. Read more

A Nonpartisan Model for Developing Public-Service Leaders
As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, effective government leadership is especially critical. The need for skilled leaders is discussed in a new article in the Harvard Business Review that highlights the Public Service Leadership Model of the Partnership for Public Service, and top public servants such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, to illustrate the government’s pressing need for an updated approach to leadership development. Read more

Managing Risk in the Public Sector During the Government and National Response to COVID-19
The IBM Center for The Business of Government is starting a blog series that will explore lessons learned from the evolution of risk management in government; enterprise risk management (ERM) and how it can help improve decision making; managing the risks associated with artificial intelligence; and managing specific financial, IT, cyber, and program risks. Read more

All COVID-19 guidance issued by OPM is available in one place
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) works closely with a number of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of State, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) at the Department of Labor to provide updated information to Federal agencies and employees as it becomes available. Learn more

New podcast series from the German Marshall Fund on the geopolitical implications of the coronavirus
On the first episode of GMF’s new mini-series “Post-Pandemic Order,” U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joins Julie Smith to talk America’s global response to the pandemic, how the pandemic could (and should) alter U.S. foreign policy thinking, and the role democracies play in dealing with crises. Listen to the series