By Brittany Ballenstedt // May 15, 2013
The federal government already holds many of the tools it needs to effectively recruit, hire and retain many of our nation’s smartest and most highly-skilled workers – those in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical fields. Agencies just need to leverage those tools more effectively, according to a new report.
The report, “The Biggest Bang Theory: How to Get the Most Out of the Competitive Search for STEMM Employees,” released Wednesday by the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton, outlines several steps agencies can take to compete with other industries for the so-called “Sheldons” – a reference to the brilliant young physicist in the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
“It’s a good news-bad news story,” Dr. Ronald Sanders, a vice president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, said Wednesday. “The bad news is that STEMM talent is in short supply, and in government, with citizenship and clearance requirements, they further shrink the candidate pool. . . The good news is that the government has a lot of tools as its disposal to compete in that market.”
Roughly one-quarter of the federal government is composed of employees with STEMM skills, with 15.4 percent of those employees working in information ...