Challenge ahead: Rebuilding civil service
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 10, 2021
Surveys, news stories and other telling reports issued in recent years have laid bare a troubling reality: that key parts of the federal civil service are low on personnel—and morale.
And, according to experts and whitepapers quoted in a new report on Marketplace.org, the recently inaugurated Biden administration now faces the necessity, and daunting task, of turning things around—that is, to actually top up staff numbers as well as federal employee engagement.
The Marketplace analysis covers a wide sweep of agencies, pointing out that parts of the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Agriculture, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the State Department and other agencies have seen an acceleration of employee separations and retirements over the past few years. Experts and former employees quoted say the trend was in part due to workplace and compensation downgrades that inspired many to leave government service—and that those that remain with damaged morale.
The piece riffs on research by the Partnership for Public Service and others in seeing a tough task ahead for the current White House and its heads of departments. But it sees a possible silver lining for the new administration: it can recruit from a willing and seasoned bench of leaders and managers who served previously, when the president was vice president.