Bob Lavigna, Vice President of Research Partnership for Public Service

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OK Radio host Lynne Norton speaks with Bob Lavigna, Vice President of Research for the Partnership for Public Service. Bob shares how the Partnership is working to revitalize public service, improve government performance and about government job opportunities.

What are the 273,000 employment opportunities that will be available in the federal government? How do you best pursue a Federal Job? What are the top reasons to work for the government?

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Robert Lavigna

Vice President

Bob Lavigna joined the Partnership as Vice President of Research in August 2006.
He was previously Manager of Consulting Services – East for CPS Human Resource Services, a self-supporting public agency that provides human resources consulting services to government and nonprofit agencies. Bob directed consulting projects in a 36-state region. From 2002-04, he was also the CPS Program Manager for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration outsourcing contract to recruit and select airport screeners and other staff throughout the U.S.

Before joining CPS in 2001, Bob served for ten years as Administrator of the Wisconsin merit system, and also directed a statewide labor-management cooperation program. Prior to being appointed to his Wisconsin position by the Governor, Bob served with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 17 years.

Bob’s individual awards and honors include selection as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine; the highest individual awards from both the International Public Management Association for HR (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives; and a “Henry Toll Fellowship” from the Council of State Governments.

He is a past president of IPMA-HR, and is also a past chair of the American Society for Public Administration Section on Personnel and Labor Relations. Bob has written many articles for journals and other publications, and is the author of two book chapters on HR best practices.
Bob has a B.A. in Public Affairs from George Washington University, an M.S. in Human Resources from Cornell University, and has done Ph.D. work in Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin.

Interview Highlights

:48 – Mission of Partnership for Public Service

1:57 – 273,000 mission-critical employment opportunities

3:18 – Stimulus package effect on government jobs

6:00 – Top 10 Reasons to Work for the Government

9:20 Trends of people switching to the government sector

10:27 Tips for Finding a Federal Job

13:44 Advice and encouragement during challenging economic times

14:58 OK IF? If Bob were a monster, what monster would he be?