New administration, new employment landscape

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.'Now is the time for federal managers to
step up their recruiting and hiring efforts, according to a
panelist at the Executive Leadership Conference.

Kevin Caroll, president of the Kevin Carroll Group, pointed to
uncertainty in the private-sector job market. "There are a lot of
attractive things about a government job right now," he said. "I
think we don't take advantage of that. That's an important thing to
get under control."

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama has pledged to
cut the federal workforce, and the government's use of contractors
is always under scrutiny. But other panelists, in response to an
audience member's question, said pressure to reduce their costs is
nothing new.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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