Plugging the Public Sector Brain Drain

by William Marshburn, Federal Highway Administration, United States,
Richard C. Johns, Federal Highway Administration, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


For years, many agencies have been able to hire and retain highly-educated, highly-skilled work forces, even though their wages, incentives and working conditions have not been fully competitive with those offered by private employers. But as labor markets become tighter as the year 2000 is approached, sometimes hiring qualified engineers and scientists will become much more difficult. Unless steps are taken now to address the problem, the average qualifications and competence of the technically oriented Federal work force will deteriorate, perhaps so much as to impair the ability of some agencies to function.

Subject Headings: Drainage | Employees | Employee compensation and benefits | Federal government | Personnel management | Age factors | Private sector | Employment

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