While the Air Force is one of the first agencies to state publicly that it’s having such problems (see above item), long-timers at other agencies hit by the job cutbacks of recent years say similar problems are endemic across the government. The federal work force is aging rapidly, with its average age now around 45, despite use of separation incentives that mostly benefited older workers. They believe the true effects of pinching off hiring are yet to be felt, when older employees begin to retire and there’s an inadequate pool of younger workers available to step up and fill those slots.