It turns out that an average of one in four new Federal employees are jumping jobs within the first two years. At least that’s what Joe Davidson wrote in his Federal Diary on the Washington Post:
As soon as Uncle Sam finds good employees, he loses a bunch of them.
Nearly a quarter of new federal government hires leave their jobs within two years, according to a report released Thursday.
The government is losing too many new hires – the same talent it is working so hard to recruit and bring on board,” says the report, “Beneath the Surface:Understanding Attrition at Your Agency and Why it Matters.”
Overall, 24.2 percent of new hires left government from fiscal year 2006 to 2008, but at some agencies the situation was worse. More than a third of the new hires at the Departments of Treasury, Commerce and Homeland Security weren’t there two years later, according to the report prepared by the consulting firm of Booz, Allen, Hamilton and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, which has a content-sharing relationship with The Washington Post.
To be fair:
Generally speaking, Sam does a good job of keeping his people on the job. Job security is a well-known attraction of government employment. The report says overall federal attrition rates were 7.6 in fiscal 2008 and 5.85 in 2009, compared with a private-sector rate of 9.2 in 2008.