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Max Stier
Max Stier is President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to revitalizing our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. Under Stier's leadership, the Partnership has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal workforce issues.

Entries by Max Stier

What America's Next President Is Really Getting Into

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM

This was originally published in Fortune.

The board room and the Oval Office are more alike than you think.

Corporate takeovers are high-wire acts requiring detailed preparation, an understanding of company cultures and organization, first-rate leaders and a mandate to create added value for stakeholders. Even in the...

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It's Not Too Early to Get Ready for the White House

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:02 PM

This was originally published in The Washington Post.

Dear presidential candidates:

A little over a year from now, one of you will take the oath of office. Before Inauguration Day is over, the unexpected could occur -- a terrorist threat, a global or domestic crisis -- and require...

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It's Not Too Late for Obama to Improve Government Efficiency

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 11:59 AM

This was originally published in The Washington Post.

President Obama has reached the point when a president's thoughts turn to how he will spend his time after he leaves office, and he has reportedly suggested that one item on his agenda will be making the federal...

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Firing More VA Employees Faster Will Not Improve Services for Veterans

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 7:49 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to Roll Call.

In a rush to assist poorly served veterans, many in Congress are supporting legislation to quickly fire the "bad apples" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These lawmakers have the right intention -- improved care for veterans --...

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You've Won the Presidential Campaign -- Now Can You Govern?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 9:20 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to to Medium.

The peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a hallmark of American democracy. It sets us apart and serves as a shining example for the rest of the world. But behind the pomp and...

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The VA Scandal Flags Much Bigger Problems in Civil Service

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 8:44 PM

This was originally published as an exclusive to Government Executive.

Allegations that employees across the Veterans Affairs Department hospital system cooked the books to cover up lengthy wait times for patients are abhorrent, and the individuals responsible for cheating the system and mistreating our veterans must be...

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The Biggest Waste of All

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Since January of 2012, the House and Senate have held more than 100 hearings dedicated to investigating government waste and abuse, which is ironic since Congress this month imposed a government shutdown that has inflicted colossal waste and abuse on the entire nation.

For weeks leading to the shutdown,...

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Analysis: Stop Using Feds as Pawns in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 8:38 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to Government Executive.

Since the November election, our national discourse has been dominated by the march to the edge of the "fiscal cliff" - the urgent need to reach a budget deal that will prevent taxes from going up on...

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No Respect for Federal Workers

(20) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 1:04 PM

This was originally published as an exclusive to Politico.

Congress and President Barack Obama have been treating federal workers like the nation's piggy bank. They have imposed a two-year pay freeze to reduce the budget deficit, raised pension contributions of future civil servants to...

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The Perils of the Wrong Budget Cuts

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 8:06 PM

As our nation confronts historic deficits, federal leaders are being asked to dramatically slash budgets and shrink government. There are no easy or painless ways to make the deep spending cuts on the horizon, but there are many bad ways that will damage government's ability to effectively serve the American...

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A Smarter Way on Federal Pay

(17) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 5:23 PM

Congress and the Obama administration are chopping away piecemeal at the salaries and benefits of federal workers, focusing on short-term political payoffs while ignoring a more effective way to reform and manage our nation's government.

While political leaders are right to tackle skyrocketing deficits, this ad hoc approach to the...

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Federal Consolidation Comes With Risks

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 2:03 PM

At the recent Gridiron roast for politicians and journalists, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius jokingly suggested moving the Transportation Security Administration into her department. Such a merger, she deadpanned, would allow airline passengers to obtain "a boarding pass and a colonoscopy at the same time."

A more reasonable...

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Restoring Worth to Our Public Servants

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 7:50 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to The Washington Post.

President Obama, much like John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this month, arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a promise to reinvigorate faith in our government and to make federal service "cool" again.

But Obama has yet...

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Five Myths About Federal Workers

(49) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 2:09 PM

Federal workers are America's new favorite target. Last week, President Obama proposed freezing their pay for two years. "Getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifices," he said, "and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government." Meanwhile, the president's bipartisan deficit...

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Obama As Executive-In-Chief

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 8:05 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive commentary for Politico.

President Barack Obama has worn many hats these last two years -- including commander in chief, presiding over two wars; and legislator in chief, in his many battles with Congress.

As he regroups after the mid-terms for a...

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Support Your Local Federal Worker

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:49 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to AOL News.

As attacks from makeshift roadside bombs wreaked havoc in Iraq and later in Afghanistan, Teri Glass and colleagues at Fort Detrick in Maryland worked tirelessly to develop a state-of-the-art medical evacuation system that has since helped medics quickly...

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The Thoughtless Job Freeze in the GOP's 'Pledge To America'

(13) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 8:52 AM

The House Republican "Pledge to America" proposal that would impose an across-the-board freeze on non-security federal hiring may sound reasonable at first blush, especially given the budget deficit, the increased role of government and the economic pain being felt across the country.

After all, why shouldn't government tighten...

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Don't Cut Civil Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 10:05 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to Politico.

The litany of recent government regulatory failures -- the oil-gushing catastrophe on the Gulf Coast, financial agencies turning a blind eye to fraud and Wall Street excesses, the worst coal mine disaster in a quarter-century, undetected accelerator problems in...

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Federal Workers Play Key Roles for the Nation

(50) Comments | Posted May 8, 2010 | 7:44 AM

Recent polls from the Pew Research Center and others have shown a troubling amount of distrust in our federal government, indicating that the public does not believe government is working for them or meeting their needs and concerns. This distrust has been magnified by economic uncertainty and no...

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Federal Workers, Resource Not a Target

(23) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 9:32 AM

This was originally published as an exclusive to McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

Partisan gridlock, high unemployment, record budget deficits, Wall Street bailouts -- the litany of unsettling news has led to growing anger toward our federal government.

A national poll taken this month found that 67...

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