FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2008
Contact: Sarah Howe
PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND IBM TEAM TO STEER BABY BOOMERS TO MISSION CRITICAL GOVERNMENT JOBS
Washington, D.C. – The war for talent is hitting the federal government hard, as more than one-third of the full-time permanent federal workforce gets ready to retire or leave in the next five years, according to the Partnership for Public Service at today’s launch of FedExperience Transitions to Government – an initiative to help match government’s critical hiring needs with the talents of baby boomers looking for encore careers where they can find interesting and challenging work.
At the launch, the Partnership and IBM, a major potential source of talent, announced that they will pilot the Transitions to Government initiative with the U.S. Department of Treasury. The goal is to identify, recruit, and hire interested IBM employees and retirees and match them to key federal government jobs.
Nearly 14,000 mission-critical jobs need to be filled at the U.S. Department of Treasury in the next two years, including 7,950 IRS agents and tax examiners. Procurement, IT and accounting positions are also on their “most wanted” job list.
Working with AARP, Civic Ventures and other stakeholders, the Partnership and IBM will expand the effort to other agencies and encourage other corporate leaders to join the initiative.
“FedExperience is a win-win-win,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president. “Boomers get their second career where they can find meaningful work, our government gets the talent it needs to fill looming shortages and the American people get a government that has the talent to service its people.”
For IBM, the pilot program represents the next phase of its new Global Citizen’s Portfolio, a suite of programs to help employees succeed in a globally integrated economy. It will serve as a major step in developing the transition assistance tools and capabilities to aid its employees in pursuing new careers in the government. This program is an expansion of the company’s successful Transition to Teaching initiative, which has been adopted by other companies and governments.
“Helping individuals develop and sustain their careers in a global economy requires new thinking, new methods and new tools that provide for things such as ongoing training, education and career transition,” said Stanley Litow, vice president of Corporate Citizenship and President of IBM International Foundation. “Based on our Transition to Teaching program we know that these employees can be a great asset – they bring their lifetime of career experience and share their passion in jobs that give back to their community.”
At the FedExperience initiative launch, the Partnership released A Golden Opportunity: Recruiting Baby Boomers Into Government, a report that lays out the case for, and barriers to, connecting baby boomers with federal job opportunities.
The primary recommendation of the report is to create a model for the federal government, which spurred the Transitions to Government pilot project launched today with IBM. Based on a nationwide survey of older workers age 50 to 65, report findings include:
The report flags five key barriers the federal government must address in order to successfully tap older, experienced workers to fill mission critical job openings. The barriers include:
“We are excited to see federal agencies focus on this talent pool as an answer to their hiring needs,” said Deborah Russell, director of workforce issues at AARP. “This cohort has a lot to offer our nation in terms of energy, experience and education.”
The federal government offers many flexibilities of interest to older workers, including flexible work schedules, job sharing, increased vacation time for experienced new hires, and teleworking arrangements.
Additional facts about government work of interest to the older, experienced job seeker include:
To find federal job opportunities go to the Office of Personnel’s website www.USAJOBS.gov.
The FedExperience report, A Golden Opportunity: Recruiting Baby Boomers Into Government, was generously funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.
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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.