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Worry: Shutdown discourages talented students

Teachers of the next generation of federal employees are watching the partial government shutdown with trepidation about the future. While educators see a sense of mission among millennials who are preparing for government careers, obstacles to such careers are mounting.

“We want the best and the brightest to want to work for the federal government, and we are swimming against the current right now,” said Daniel Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law studies at George Washington University Law School.

The partial shutdown of the federal government is only the latest in a series of setbacks for federal workers that are tarnishing the government brand, including pay freezes, furloughs under sequestration and a ponderous, unwieldy human resources system that can be discouraging to would-be employees.