A senate hearing earlier this week focused on Intelligence Community contracting presented several interesting thoughts. Most notably, a bi-partisan panel agreed with a CIA policy which prevents government employees from leaving the agency and immediately accepting contract work. Retirees are exempted.
The whole idea is to prevent the “poaching” of the CIA’s top talent, who may be lured by more flexibility and higher pay. Many are advocating that the policy be enacted across the IC. If successful, it could soon be making its way to more government offices.
We’ve been discussing the “contractor vs government employee” debate for awhile at ClearanceJobs.com. As someone who’s worked both sides, I really can appreciate both perspectives, and I think it’s worth considering how congress and agency heads are looking to address a workforce that no longer sees spending 30 years in the same office as a good thing.
So, calling all government and contract professionals – what would you think of a one-year “cooling-off” before going from government to contract work?