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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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Kevin Dubs

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.

Christina Morrison

Great series Jolie! I think that integrating government offices with the latest and greatest technologies will make the younger generation more interested in government jobs.