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New Book on the Future of the SES

Last week, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) held a launch event to celebrate the release of a new book on the next generation of leadership in the federal workforce.

Building a 21st Century SES: Ensuring Leadership Excellence in Our Federal Government is a collection of perspectives and case studies on the SES from 24 of the nation’s most respected public sector leaders. The event was led by Dr. Ronald Sanders, Academy Fellow and Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. Sanders edited the book with assistance from Dr. Elaine Brenner and Frederick Richardson.

“If there’s a theme to the book, it’s this notion that now more than ever before, we need an executive corps that leads from a whole of government perspective,” said Sanders.

A lively panel discussion took place, focusing on goals for sustaining the future of the SES and featured Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA; Michele Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense for policy; Carolyn Colvin, former Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration; and Clay Johnsonformer Deputy Director of Management at the Office of Management and Budget.

At one point, Sanders pointed out, “I don’t think it’s hyperbole to suggest that the senior executive service is at risk.”

Check out the full discussion, including a Q&A segment with the audience, below.

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