More than 80 percent of the 3,400 acquisition employees who quit in fiscal 2006 were not yet eligible to retire, and officials want to know why they left.
The Federal Acquisition Institute will begin tracking where such employees go when they leave the acquisition work force. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
The “where do they go?” question is the key question, I think. If they go into retirement before they’re eligible to retire, I would wonder where they got the means to do so. If, as seems much more likely to Murdoc, they go into the private sector, I’d like to know if they land positions with companies they previously worked closely with while with the government.
Recognition for those who do well in their field, extra training for those who need help and career-long mentoring to guide advancement are key to retaining acquisition professionals, [FAI director Karen] Pica said.
Umm, if some of them are getting kickbacks for sweet deals and/or cushy positions for the company they had a close business relationship with, I doubt that pats on the back and extra training classes are going to do the trick.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking a job with someone you’re familiar with as long as you don’t cross legal or ethical boundaries. But if this study confirms the longstanding suspicion that sweet contracts are rewarded with sweet new jobs, the entire procurement system will be, well, exactly what we all think it is.
The subject of government contracting frequently attracts negative media attention, Pica said, which can affect employees’ decisions to enter or leave the work force, Yet agencies were able to recruit 4,000 people into the work force at all levels, outpacing the losses, she said.
Well, if the fact is that working in acquisitioning for the government is a ticket to bigger and better things, you aren’t really going to have much trouble recruiting new employees, are you?
Interestingly, other than stating that the study is going to look at where these acquisition employees who leave before retirement go, no mention of any shadiness is made in the article.
Check out opportunities at the Federal Acquisition Institute if interested.