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Public Service Hearing: Improving Basic Hiring Processes


The Commission will host fourteen public hearings on policy options it is considering for its final report. Through each hearing, Commissioners will gain insights from panelists as they develop recommendations for their final report to Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020. 


On May 15, 2019, the Commission will host two hearings focusing on public service—specifically, civilian employment in federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The morning hearing, Public Service Hearing: Improving Basic Hiring Processes, will address challenges within current civil service personnel systems and discuss options to bring the next generation of talented Americans to public service. 


To attend in-person, please RSVP here. The hearing will also be livestreamed


Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  


Location: Partnership for Public Service, Conference Room 2ABC, 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, Washington, DC 


  • Opening remarks
  • Testimony from Panelists
  • Panelist Questioning by Commissioners
  • Public Comments
  • Closing Remarks

Staff Memo

The Commission and Commission staff request feedback from the public on the ideas presented in STAFF MEMORANDUM: PUBLIC SERVICE. You can read the memorandum here and share your feedback here.


  • Melissa Bryant, Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) | Testimony  

  • Kimberly Holden, Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Shaping, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) | Testimony   

  • Brett Hunt, Executive Director of Public Service Academy, Arizona State University (ASU) | Testimony

  • Jacqueline Simon, Public Policy Director, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) | Testimony

  • Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service | Testimony

Statements submitted to the Commission regarding this hearing:

Public Comments

The public is invited to provide comment at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. In order to accommodate as many public comments as possible, individuals will have two minutes to relate their comment to the Commission. If you are interested in providing a public comment during the hearing, please arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. to receive a ticket. The Commission will select tickets at random. If your ticket is drawn, you may provide your comment to the Commissioners during the public comment period. If you’re unable to attend the public hearing or have to leave early, you can submit your comment here, email it to, or mail it to 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Box #63, Arlington, Virginia 22202.