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Is government cool enough for the next generation of feds?

Can government be cool enough to attract talented young people AND keep them on the job?

In a report for Federal News Radio — “The Need for the Next Generation” — I highlight what some agencies are doing to recruit and retain young people. (Special thanks to Mr. GovLoop Steve Ressler for being interviewed for the series.)

Some highlights:

– OPM gives a preview of the ‘innovation lab’ to be built in the agency’s sub-basement

– NASA outlines how it revamped its onboarding program

– GAO talks about on-campus recruiting

– A photo slideshow tour of the VA Acquisition Academy, plus its center’s philosophy on training

The report touches on just a few examples of ways agencies are trying to make federal government cool again.

What are some ways your agency are bringing on the next generation of feds?

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GSA has a great program called the Early Career Professional Development Program where they rotate young employees through 5-7 offices within the 2 year program and offer training in between. They’re hiring about 30 employees into the program per year and it’s starting to change the energy and culture within GSA…pretty cool.