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Every year, tens of thousands of federal employees retire or otherwise leave their jobs. But some agencies have much higher turnover rates than others. That data nugget is buried in a recent Government Accountability Office report examining government workforce trends. From fiscal 2004 through 2012, the average annual government retirement rate was 3.5 percent, the average resignation rate, 2.4 percent, for a combined “separation rate” of 5.9 percent, according to the report.
But when GAO reviewers looked at 24 individual agencies, they found a pretty big spread around that average. During that 2004-12 period, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency had an average yearly separation rate of 4.3 percent, less than half the figure for the Office of Personnel Management. Here is a ranking of the agencies culled from the GAO numbers. While workforce age would clearly be one factor in explaining the variations, are there others that come to mind?
1. Environmental Protection Agency
2. Justice Department
3. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
4. Transportation Department
5. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
6. Department of Health and Human Services
7. Social Security Administration
8. Department of Veterans Affairs
9. Housing and Urban Development Department
10. Department of Homeland Security
11. General Services Administration
12. Agriculture Department
13. Interior Department
14. Energy Department
15. State Department
16, Labor Department
18. U.S. Agency for International Development
19. Defense Department
20. National Science Foundation
21. Treasury Department
22. Education Department
23. Small Business Administration
24. Office of Personnel Management
Doug Coleman Says:
February 10th, 2014 at 4:27 am
The other interesting point is that when you add in the rate of involuntary departures (firings) the separation rate climbs to around 6.5 percent.
This is more that twice the separation rate of private industry contained in BLS statistics as measured over several years.
February 23rd, 2014 at 4:15 pm
As agencies become more paranoid about retention of younger workers there will be more institutional descrimination against older , more qualified employees. More folks will leave and their replacements will be less qualified and it will continue to build on itself. Unfortunately it has already begun in some agencies like DOD. Many managers don’t know enough to even realize that it takes years to become qualified in many areas and think anyone including those with only a few years of experience are fully qualified. Unfortunately they are building a house of cards and practicing descrimination at the same time.