Miranda Braatz Yes, I believe there are two main reasons: 1. College students outside of DC, VA, MD don’t see it as a viable option as they are unsure if there are Fed jobs outside of DC. Which leads to #2, if they are aware of Fed jobs (including those going to college in DC) they see the hiring system as too difficult and convoluted to get into, the private sector lures them with normal and much more quick hiring systems. College students these days are concerned with financial and personal security, especially the ones from big-name schools that carry a high price tag and student loans that need to be paid on within 6 months, they will not wait around to apply to a government job. Personally I believe it’s a sad sad thing that the hiring system has disillusioned the young and the talented.