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Posted: 5/29/2008 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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A Management Agenda for the Next PresidentThe new president coming into office on January 20, 2009, will face what the current head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has called a “retirement tsunami.” Over the next five years, the government will lose more than 550,000 employees. The market for recruits has never been more competitive, and government recruiters are locked in a fierce contest with the private sector. For government procurement, a wave of retirements could be especially critical, with about $400 billion a year in spending and not enough midcareer professionals left due to budget and staff cuts in the 1990s. Although the federal acquisition workforce remains largely flat—increasing about 3 percent since fiscal year 1999—federal contracting dollars more than doubled in the same period. Because of efforts to downsize the federal workforce without similarly reducing its functions, the government has come to rely on the private sector. As a result, the number of contract workers has grown to 7.5 million, four times the size of the federal civilian workforce.

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