Letter: In retaining workforce, reach out to employees

Regarding "IG enters search for acquisition employees," a reader writes: I'm confused by the initiatives lately that are seeking ways to retain (and continue to recruit) a decent federal government contracting workforce. Why are these initiatives not reaching out to the employees themselves? What the Defense Department is attempting to do is akin to using a personal shopper.
I majored in criminal justice and interned at the DOD IG DCIS in college when I had dreams of being an investigator. I graduated when the [federal government] was on a hiring freeze, and ended up in contracting when the freeze was lifted. It seems to me that instead of paying a contractor
to lead recruitment efforts as a middle-man, the [government] should look to its own rank and file, or at least not continue to leave us out of the equation.


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