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National Commission to Explore Public Service Policy Options, Including the 21st Century Workforce, During Hearings

Posted: May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will hold two hearings on May 15 on public service policy options at the Partnership for Public Service. The first hearing will address challenges within current civil service personnel systems and discuss options to bring the next generation of talented Americans to public service. The second hearing will explore special workforce challenges in high-demand fields—such as cybersecurity, IT, health care, and STEM—as well as the competitiveness of employee benefits, and explore options to attract and retain civil servants with critical skills.  

These hearings are timely as the week of May 5-11 is Public Service Recognition Week, which is held annually since 1985, to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

The Commission will hold 14 hearings between February and June 2019. Each hearing will provide an opportunity for the Commission to learn from policy experts on key topics within the Commission’s mandate. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to provide comments at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. 


The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is an 11-member bipartisan commission tasked for the first time in American history, with comprehensively and holistically reviewing the Selective Service System, along with military, national, and public service. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about ideas of service as it develops recommendations for the Congress, the President, and the American public by March 2020. The Commission invites the public to share comments on its website and join the digital conversation on service on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.   


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 


WHO:  The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service 



9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Public Service Hearing: Improving Basic Hiring Processes


  • Melissa Bryant, Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) 
  • Kimberly Holden, Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Shaping, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 
  • Brett Hunt, Executive Director of Public Service Academy, Arizona State University (ASU)
  • Jacqueline Simon, Public Policy Director, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) 
  • Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Public Service Hearing: Critical Skills and Benefits


  • Terry Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA)  
  • Eddie Hartwig, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Digital Service (USDS)
  • Travis Hoadley, Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Jessica Klement, Staff Vice President, Advocacy, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE)  
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kolmstetter, Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 


WHERE: Partnership for Public Service | Conference Room 2ABC | 1100 New York Ave Northwest | Washington, DC 20005


RSVP with name, position (reporter, camera, photographer, etc.), media outlet, email, and phone to


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SAT Truck/Live feed: For interest, please send request as soon as possible.  


Note: There will be limited wi-fi available. Parking is available at the LAZ Parking garage in the basement of the building and at nearby parking garages.