Eating Our Babies?

If Uncle Sam has a New Year’s resolution, maybe he should stop chewing his digits? No, I’m not talking about nail biting, I’m talking about digital natives. The Washington Post tells us folks under 30 represent just seven percent of the Federal workforce – the low-water mark in over a decade. For context, one quarter of the U.S. workforce is under 30. And, the government’s bleeding babies – nine percent of folks flying the Fed coop in 2013 were millennials. If we’re looking for new ideas in government, we’re going to need fresh DNA. We’ve heard plenty about the Silver Tsunami – what about the Millennial Monsoon? Sequestration, pay freezes, the civil smear, and economic recovery have hurt the government’s millennial mojo.

Mighty Moran

And, as we talk about challenges with the government workforce – and people quitting government – it seems appropriate to tip the hat to the young at heart – Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va). Just this week, I had the honor to travel with Jim on his last day as a Congressman. After 30+ years in public service – as the Mayor of Alexandria and 24 years in the Congress – Jim Moran has elected to bow out. On travel, we ate together at a restaurant – and Jim insisted on clearing the dishes himself. No hubris here. What a gentleman – and advocate for Federal employees. Jim Moran, thank you for your service. You will be missed in Congress – but we know you’re not stepping away from our community, there’s still work to be done.

Short pour this week. But in this weather, a warm cup of IT should do you good. Wishing you the very best for 2015.

Steve O'Keeffe
About Steve O'Keeffe
Steve O'Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk, the government IT network. MeriTalk is an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry. In addition to MeriTalk, he founded Mobile Work Exchange, GovMark Council, and O’Keeffe & Company.