I suggest that recruitment and retention strategies recognize that the best time to train folks for the many highly technical, sensitive, and complex tasks that Federal Workers do is when there is a strongly functioning individual in the positions. Perhaps pay these "high-functioning" people in "critical" positions" a stipend (paid, time off, or otherwise) to mentor junior staff concerning their positions and needs.... more »
We need a national clarion call to mobilize volunteerism to solve our nation’s most challenging problems and to maximize our citizenry engagement – whether the challenges are local, regional, national or international. We can do this without adding to the national debt and in fact can create immediate cost savings without reinventing the wheel – we do so by calling a new generation of Americans and all generations to... more »
With 40% of the employees approaching retirement, more focus should be given to retaining their experience and wisdom by sharing and mentoring others, especially potential managers. Transitioning into training programs should begin as early as possible.
A database of procedures with as much descriptive information should also be availble to help trainees to find established "tried and true" methods and procedures
Each year the FSIS agency spends numerous funds on promoting new employees, through their mentor programs, from universities around the country. The interns are housed in hotels close to the facilities they are assigned to for the summer months. I suggest that the inspection members that live in those communities (bargining and non-bargining) help defray the high hotel cost of the agency, by sponsoring (housing) an intern... more »