A ‘Retirement Tsunami’ Brings a Competency Gap to the Top of Federal Agencies
Exfederal.com, the database for federal contractors, brings the government contracting community together to discuss how to combat the competency gap at the top of federal agencies with the Partnership for Public Service
Fairfax, Virginia (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
On Thursday, May 16, Exfederal.com hosted a breakfast at their offices in Fairfax, Virginia to bring together members of the government contracting community. Exfederal.com´s goal was to open up discussion about the value of keeping federal workers in the workforce, as civil service retirement rates skyrocket due to Sequestration, among other issues. John Palguta, Vice President for the Partnership for Public Service, was invited to speak on the issue.
Mr. Palguta centered the discussion around the competency gap at the top of federal agencies, and the agencies’ reliance on contractors to fill these positions. Below are some interesting points from his talk:
The government is currently downsizing in terms of capacity and capability:
- In physical year 2012 there were 25,000 more people who left the government than were hired.
- 60,000 federal employees retired in the last four calendar months – never has this kind of ℠retirement surge´ happened in the government before.
When polling agencies top human capital managers for the Partnership´s report Bracing for Change Mr. Palguta stated their problems revolved around “a competency gap at the top – it´s not a question of hiring at the entry level, the issue is the talent pipeline as senior people are leaving the government.”
He also discussed the reliance agencies will now have on contractors to fill these vacant roles with qualified workers:
“Now, we´re finding it´s becoming increasingly difficult to find agencies that have the right people, and the pressures are very severe … They can´t throw massive numbers at the challenges, they have to throw the right people.
“It takes a long time to grow that talent – we´ve got a dip in the talent pipeline at agencies. This ℠retirement tsunami´ is threatening to engulf some agencies. They´re going to be looking for folks from outside the government, ready to help, and connecting with Exfederal.com is going to be quite valuable because agencies are going to be looking for people with the right experience to step in and provide assistance”
Founder Ginger Groeber, former Head of Personnel at the Department of Defense, started Exfederal.com to fill a void she found when transitioning from a successful career in government to one in the private sector. Although thousands of federal contracting jobs were available, Groeber discovered that finding qualified applicants to fill them could be a laborious and expensive task. She founded Exfederal.com as a user-friendly solution that connects contractors who want to hire experienced government personnel with applicants who want to use their federal experience to transition to the government contracting industry.
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