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
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