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Public Service in the 21st Century

Oct 13, 2011

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As part of activities marking the fifth anniversary of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), the Woodrow Wilson School held a conversation with the Federal government’s “chief people person” – John Berry, the director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – on October 13, 2011. As director of OPM, Berry is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and setting benefits policies for the 1.9 million Federal civilian employees. Calling this a new day for the civil service, Berry is reinvigorating the Federal workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Working to fulfill President Barack Obama’s charge to “make government cool again,” Berry’s goal is to build a workforce of dynamic innovators who put serving the American people at the heart of everything they do.