Re-engineering the byzantine federal recruiting process is the most effective way to recruit state and local gov or any human capital for that matter. In this era of transparency, demystifying, clarifying, and simplifying federal hiring practices should be a priority anyways. Technology can improve the status quo as well. For example, a federal employment portal – exclusively for those already in federal, state, or local gov – can provide the means for more effective recruitment of public sector resources. Lastly, transitioning from state or local to the federal gov should be relatively seamless to the employee, similar to transferring from a junior or community to a four-year college. Rich HR and other benefits are effective recruitment incentives for state and local gov employees accustomed to pretty decent amenities. It’s not rocket science.