© 2019 by Mark D. Richardson.

Survey on the Future of Government Service

I served as Co-Director of the 2014 Survey on the Future of Government Service, a survey of nearly nearly 15,000 senior federal government employees sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and the Volcker Alliance. In my research, I use the survey data to analyze the effect of the politicization of federal agencies on the stock of policy expertise in the executive branch and to explore presidential appointment strategies.

We publicly released key findings characterizing the state of the public service at the National Press Club on July 16, 2015.

Documents from the Public Release - July 16, 2015

Executive Summary

Slide Deck

Survey Methodology

Topline Results for Selected Questions

News Coverage

Washington Post - August 3, 2015

Real Clear Policy - July 23, 2015

Federal News Radio - July 17, 2015

Fiscal Times - July 17, 2015

Federal Times - July 16, 2015

Op-eds Based on the Survey

Monkey Cage, Washington Post - December 16, 2017

Monkey Cage, Washington Post - November 29, 2017

The Conversation - January 26, 2017

REGBLOG at the Penn Program on Regulation - September 10, 2015

Newsweek - July 17, 2015

FIXGOV Blog at the Brookings Institution - July 17, 2015

The Conversation - July 16, 2015