Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, July 28, 2006

The End of Bureaucracy?

Yesterday in the Washington Post there was an article talking about trying to convince college graduates to work in the public sector rather than jumping to the money offered in the private sector (Washington Post, Thursday, July 27, 2006, A23).

Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, was quoted with, “The federal workforce is graying at a very fast rate – nearly half will be eligible to retire in five years, and there is not sufficient interest or knowledge from top talent.”

We already have a shortage of intelligence agents and people working in the federal government with foreign language skills, and soon we might have a shortage in government workers all together. People in this country no longer look at public service as a noble aspiration. What is interesting about this, is that people have decided that money is now more important than power.

Although I am no big fan of Barack Obama, he spoke at a town hall meeting for Washington Interns about joining the federal workforce, and I think he delivered a strong message.

“The possibility for us to engage in the process – not of perfecting the world, but improving it, pushing that boulder up the hill – so that at the end of our lifetimes we can look back and say ‘We made a difference.’ I can’t think of a more worthy project. You don’t have to be in government to do it, but government is one of the most important vehicles by which you can do it” (Washington Post, Thursday, July 27, 2006, A23).


Blogger betmo said...

not only do we have a dearth in real public servants- not the usual career politicians and their career staffers- but we have a dearth of folks going into mathematics and sciences. this is going to bite us in the bum in a few years- the average age at nasa is around 50 yrs. old. not just for space exploration- but who is going to design all of those weapons for the pentagon?

Sat Jul 29, 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Betmo, NASA is the federal government. The graying bureaucracy is in every department from Education to State to Interior to Housing and Urban Development. All in all, we have spent so much effort trying to get our kids to be the best and telling them they can be anything they want to be, too many of them are doing nothing or trying to become the next 15 minute star.

Sun Jul 30, 02:40:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

SHould the Gov't start recruiting, not only recent college grads, but also the current work force? Lord knows there are plenty of people who don't really care for their current jobs, or don't feel "challenged" by them. Why not go after them? You're right about people just wanting to go for their 15 minutes, and a quick cash grab. I think the prevailing thought these days is, Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what the Hell has this country done for me lately?!

Tue Aug 01, 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

And the thing about the Federal government too is that they are not just in DC but all over the country and world. Just go to and you can look up jobs almost anywhere in the world and there will most likely be something near you. It wasn’t until I was looking myself that I saw that the federal government employs people all over and considering the benefits and hours of a federal job, it is a shame that more young people and more people in general are not looking to the federal government for employment.

Thu Aug 03, 10:08:00 PM  

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