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FCW : December 2013
December 2013 FCW.COM 25 DRAGUTIN CVIJANOVIC sional group that was put together to try to come up with some sort of a budget package between now and Jan. 1, there s just not enough days. When you gure in the holidays and their normal work schedule, these people only work [about] three days a week to begin with. They re just not going to be able to accomplish anything. I think it s fairly clear that the gap and the divide between the Republicans and the Democrats in that work committee [are] so great that for us to expect them to come out with some grand bargain or maybe even something as small as another continuing resolution, I am very pessimistic about that. Given that both sides know what the public reaction was to this last shutdown, I don t know in the end whether either side really gives a damn about getting a deal done and, if they don t, whether we shut down the government and for how long. If there is another shutdown, do you see it having a negative effect on the desire of current employees or anyone else to work for the fed- eral government? Absolutely. I think you re seeing that right now. We have a lot of young members in our locals, and in talking with many of those folks, many of them are actually starting to put their résumés out into the private sector, having gone through this furlough. They re just not willing to have to go through all the turmoil and the uproar and the stress of not know- ing whether their agency is going to have the money to fund them so that they can get a paycheck for the work that they re doing. Do you think the federal govern- ment could have a recruiting crisis and not be able to ll vacancies? They have a recruiting crisis right now, for a variety of reasons. Cer- tainly the shutdown exacerbated the problem, but in most of the federal agencies, their budgets have been either on a decline or at best at for a number of years. One of the tactics that many of the leaders of these agencies have chosen has been to either put hiring freezes on or to severely limit the number of new hires that they will bring in as a result of vacancies com- ing open. The other issue is an issue of pay, and we see that with some of the hard-to- ll jobs and the hard-to-hang- onto jobs. And the kinds of jobs that I m talking about...are jobs related to cybersecurity, IT specialist-type positions. Those are very hard jobs to get quali ed people to apply for. The nature of the pay system is such that these people can t be paid relative or comparable to the private sector for the kind of work that they re doing for the federal government. Even if those jobs are able to be lled within agencies like [the Defense Department] or [the National Security Agency] or the other agencies where cybersecu- rity is a big deal, we re seeing a lot of those people not stay in the government very long and move back out into the private sec- tor where the salaries are much higher. These people are basically losing between 40 and 50 percent of their potential salary by taking a job in the federal sector versus private sector. How does the government begin addressing the shortage of IT professionals? They re going to have to be creative in terms of using hiring authorities, for example. I had a federal career, and one of the programs that were big when I rst started back in the 70s was what we call the co-op program. Federal agencies would actually go out to college campuses, attend job and hiring fairs, and look for people who were in majors or programs of study that would lead them, once they got their degrees, to be eligible for positions that I needed to ll in my agency. I could actually offer those folks essentially an employment agree- ment while they were still in school that allowed the government to help pay for their tuition and books. Then, when they got their degree, they would be given a job in the agency that had recruited them. ■
November 30, 2013