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Gen Next: Best Places to Launch a Career in the Federal Government

A snapshot by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte


In a time of budget cuts and hiring freezes, the need to attract young professionals and subsequently retain them is paramount to a high-performing federal government. OMB estimates that 60,000 federal workers are set to retire by year’s end. To prevent a brain drain of highly skilled and educated employees, the government must work to attract young talent into its ranks and be seen as a great place to launch and build a career. These emerging professionals potentially offer a diversity of skill sets and innovative ideas that could expand agencies’ overall expertise, and better represent the population they serve. Ideally, they are future federal leaders helping agencies to fulfill their missions.

How do professionals starting their federal careers feel about the agencies they serve, and how well are those agencies managing their new class of public servants? In an era of career flexibility and job fluidity, what does it take to build a federal government workforce of the future?

These are the questions the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte set out to understand in this Best Places to Work in the Federal Government snapshot analysis – based on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 2010 employee survey.


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