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Thursday
Oct102019

Job and Internship Opportunity

From time to time, internship sites and employers send notices of opportunities to faculty at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. We post these for the benefit of our students. If you would like to post an employment opportunity on our blog, please contact Collin Paschall, Program Coordinator, at cpaschall@jhu.edu, or any of our other faculty.

(1) NTLakis is a management-side law firm in downtown DC, providing risk mitigation services in a number of labor compliance fields. Our data analyses primarily focus on identifying problematic pay disparities, or differences in hiring and termination rates for women and minorities, for our clients to investigate.

Data Analyst Positions

We are looking to hire detailed-oriented and quantitative candidates to join our analytics department. Successful candidates are self-starters, able to balance multiple projects concurrently, and who have excellent communication skills.

 Analysts play a pivotal role at NTLakis, from identifying data discrepancies and conducting analyses, to generating reports and communicating results to our attorney and non-attorney professionals and clients.

 Open positions exist at all levels, from graduating seniors to experienced candidates. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@ntlakis.com.

(2) Internships with Sentator Tim Scott's Office

Senator Tim Scott is now looking for spring interns. If you have any students who may be interested, please have them fill out the application on our website (https://www.scott.senate.gov/constituent-services/internships).

 

Thursday
Oct032019

GAB Forum: First Annual Government Analytics Survey

At this month's GAB forum, Jennifer Bachner (JHU) and Jeff Myers (REI Systems) presented the results from the first annual Government Analytics Survey.  The survey yielded several key findings:

  1. Analytics are important to government agencies.  82% of respondents say analytics were "dominant," "of significant importance," or "equal to other factors" in the three most significant decisions made by their agency.

  2. When government analytics focus on money, they have less impact on strategy.  Analytics focused on justifying budgets and reducing costs correlate with a smaller perceived impact of analytics on the most significant agency decisions (0.5 points of a 1-5 scale).

  3. People spend the most time gathering data (23%), vs. analyzing (8%), communicating (14%) or acting on it (10%).  Streamlining and automating data collection should be a priorty for government agencies.

  4. AI is getting a lot of talk, but not much action.  Respondents think machine learning (26%) and AI (25%) hold the most promise for improving government, but very few respondents (less than 4%) work with AI right now.

  5. Staffing is the biggest hurdle.  Attracting/retaining staff was named the biggest challenge; and more than 50% of respondents indicate that their agency plans to develop or recruit staff with a certification in the field of analytics. 
A panel of experts offered their reactions to the findings.  The panel included:
  • Michael Conlin (Chief Data Officer, DoD)
  • Dr. Collin Paschall (new faculty member, JHU Government Analytics program)
  • Pat Hu (Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics)
  • William Beach (Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Read more about the panel's thoughts in Federal News Network's coverage of the forum, "'How do we do better?' Chief data officers see hiring challenges persist."

A recording of this event (and the slide presentation) can be seen here
Please join us at our next event on November 13 which will feature TSA Deputy Administrator Patty Cogswell.  Check the Government Analytics website for more details and registration information in the coming weeks.
Wednesday
Sep252019

Congratulations to 2019 Bryce Harlow Fellows

The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies sends its congratulations to the 2019 Recipients of the Bryce Harlow Fellows Award.  The Bryce Harlow Foundation is dedicated to advancing the integrity of government advocacy and increasing understanding of its important role in the development of sound public policy.

The three recipients are MA in Government students Jonathan Ammons, Ian Gray, and Blake Major.

Jonthan Ammons is the Director of Policy and Strategic Messaging for the Utah House of Representatives.  Ian Gray is a legislative staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He previously worked for PepsiCo as a Senior Analyst for Government Affairs and as a Policy Advisor in the White House during the Obama Administration. Blake Major is the director of federal government affairs at AIG.  He is co-founder of the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN), a nonprofit that hosts networking, mentoring, and career development events for advocacy professionals in Washington, DC. 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep112019

New Book by Public Managment Alum

Public Management Graduate Veronica Goodman has recently released her latest book M is for Medicine. This book is a humorous, colorful introduction to the language of medicine for preschool-age children. The book features a new medical term for every letter of the alphabet, illustrated by full-color, playful images to entertain parents and children alike as you move from A to Z.

https://veronicagoodman.com/m-is-for-medicine/

Wednesday
Jul032019

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Croce

MS in Government Analytics alumnus Joe Croce was recently featured on the Inspired Service Podcast, a "new new show that is humanizing public service one conversation at a time."  We are so proud of Joe for his service and his continuing commitment to America's national security.  

How does one man’s blue-collar upbringing in Philadelphia inform the drive to serve? What’s it like serving overseas when your college friends are being wined and dined by investment banks? What does the singer-songwriter Jimmy Croce have to do with U.S. national security? Joe Croce, of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, answers these questions and many more on this episode of Inspired Service.

 Listen to the podcast here.