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    Had to comment...
    In the Washington DC Area, more so that out in the field, there is really no such thing as a "goverment IT worker". There are people classified as such, but they are all IT -managers-, as they spend their time writing things like requirements documents and risk analyses and business impact statements and contracts and they have to attempt to manage projects and managing FISMA compliance. Worst of all is the powerpoint. If you look at Job requirements for goverment IT jobs, they look for things like ITIL and PMI. ITIL at least involves IT managment (well, service management). The reality is that anybody who wants to actually develop or implement any technology is not going to want to work for the government. They may get jobs working for goverment contractors, but the contractors will absolutely FORBID any flexibility in workplace scheduling, as the government will demand that inflexibility (core hours are are part of any contract). It's hands-on, though, AND the pay IS much better. Note that government employees are generally forbidden from touching systems if they are managed by contractors, and most are.
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  • Use the tried and true method
    of attracting young people into government service: Lie.
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  • Attract Younger Workers?
    Tea Partier
    I find this article very troubling from a sociological basis. There is a sense that older workers are being asked to step aside "for the good of the organization". What about baby boomers who want to continue working into their 70s? Can't the Federal government provide worker retraining for older IT employees who want to continue being productive, rather than trying to see how soon they can be asked to retire? Baby boomers can see that Social Security & Medicare are on the verge of bankruptcy. Many would rather continue working than be "put out to pasture"and hope that politicians don't bankrupt the system.
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  • Forced reclassification from 1550 to 2210
    Page 13 of the "April 2010: CIO Council report: NetGeneration" report states that the number of 1550s in the Department of Commerce had decreased by 32% in 2007. What it fails to say is the decline is due to the 2007 forced reclassification from 1550 to 2210 of most of the Patent and Trademark Office's IT workers. Most of the same people are still there, with the same degrees (BS, MS, PhD) in computer science, engineering and math. Just with different titles.
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  • Shortage of IT workers?
    April 2010: CIO Council report: NetGeneration - Page 29 - states the US labor pool is shrinking. There are plenty of experienced US citizen IT workers that would love to work for the federal government. However the constant hiring freezes and the emphasis on hiring contractors allows much of the IT work to be done with a cheaper immigrant workforce. Which of course is actually more expensive for the government, if you compare contractor rates to employee compensation (salary, benefits, overhead). But it makes more profit for the contracting companies.
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