FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2007
PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE LAUNCHES EFFORT TO STEM FEDERAL BRAIN DRAIN: A NEW CALL TO SERVICE FOR AMERICA’S BABY BOOMERS
AARP, Atlantic Philanthropies, Civic Ventures Announce Support
Washington, D.C. – The Partnership for Public Service today announced Fed Experience, a new initiative designed to recruit retiring “baby boomers” to establish second or “encore careers” with the federal government. This call to service to baby boomers will explore ways to enlist retiring private, non-profit and public sector workers to help fill the gap the federal government will experience as a huge wave of retirements or “retirement tsunami.” To support this phase of the project, The Atlantic Philanthropies has committed $250,000.
“Just as record numbers will be retiring from government in the coming years, millions of welleducated boomers who want to do something meaningful will be retiring from their current jobs and looking for new professional opportunities – opportunities they can find in federal service,” said Max Stier, Partnership president. “Fed Experience is a win-win. Boomers get their second career where they can make a difference, and our government gets the talented individuals it needs to fill looming shortages.”
The Partnership lays out its case for Fed Experience in a new report: Are You Experienced? How Boomers Can Help Our Government Meet Its Talent Needs. Among the report’s key points:
“Millions and millions of Americans are approaching the end of their midlife careers. And our research shows that many are eager for the opportunity to work for the public good,” said Civic Ventures President John Gomperts. “The federal government needs talented people. This should be a match.”
The Partnership and Civic Ventures hosted a panel discussion with AARP Group Executive Officer for Social Impact, Nancy LeaMond and two “encore career” federal employees to talk about the report and opportunities for boomers in federal service.
At this forum, Stier also announced that Atlantic Philanthropies has committed $250,000 to support the project’s initial research phase. This phase will be followed by a pilot project and large-scale implementation across the federal government. Among the report’s recommendations are:
“We are committed to ensuring that older adults have every opportunity to contribute to society through second or “encore careers,” and we are delighted to support this important effort, which will benefit older workers, the federal government, and millions of Americans,” said Laura Robbins, Head of the US Aging Program for The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Visit www.ourpublicservice.org for more information and a copy of the report.
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The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.