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Federal agencies need to improve hiring flexibility in battle for IT talent

Federal leaders say they are continually looking for alternative ways to attract, retain or retrain government IT workers and also meet the demand for newer IT skills.

February 3, 2020 40 second read

by WorkScoop Staff

Federal agencies face more than a wage-scale disadvantage when competing with commercial firms for technology talent. They also have to overcome rigid hiring rules which tend to disqualify promising candidates and discourage others from seeing a path for growth, say private sector workforce experts.

Those hurdles are hardly new to government. However, they’re becoming more formidable as a broader U.S. shortage of technology and cybersecurity workers continues to hobble federal agency efforts to modernize their aging IT systems.

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Read more from WorkScoop, including comments from Bryan Thomas, senior vice president of public sector for World Wide Technology.

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