Federal agencies should prepare for a possible surge in the

turnover of experienced employees who will be moving into

retirement after riding out the economic downturn, says a

new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board.

The report, titled “The Federal Workforce for the 21st

Century: Results of the Merit Principles Survey 2000,” said

that many federal workers might leave on better economic news.

Many have delayed retirement and postponed their plans to

simply retire or seek employment in the private sector and

cautioned agencies to prepare to compensate for the pending

loss of those workers by ensuring that skill gaps can be

filled.

Half of the 6,958 respondents to the MSPB survey said they

were understaffed with a reduced knowledge base and cited

job stress as the number one reason for retiring, according

to MSPB. The report covers other personnel issues and makes

related suggestions to federal managers. View Report