Survey on the Future of Government Service

Volcker Alliance supports Vanderbilt University study revealing issues in the federal workforce
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Vanderbilt University's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Princeton University, Volcker Alliance
  • J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation building in Washington, D.C (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

A new survey conducted in a study by Vanderbilt University with support by the Volcker Alliance reveals a third of federal executives feel that the workforce lacks the skills to get the job done and underperforming employees can rarely be dismissed. Federal executives report difficulty recruiting and retaining the best employees. Furthermore, merit is often not sufficiently incorporated into promotions and, especially, dismissals. Survey results also reveal substantial variation among agencies; some agencies have a high capacity workforce while others struggle to successfully accomplish their core tasks.

Fast Fact

42 %

of federal executives feel their agencies are unable to recruit the best employees