Letter: Rehiring retirees benefits young feds, too

Regarding "Bill to rehire retirees gets qualified support": I think rehiring retirees is a great way to supplement their income and train the younger employees to do their job. The retirees have so much knowledge to give when they leave and you get that by the years served. I hope the state of Maryland follows suit. We have rehired some of our retired employees as contractual personnel to supplement our workforce and it works great for both parties.

Freyae Jones,
Annapolis, Md.

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Reader comments

Tue, May 27, 2008 Michael Del-Colle

A substantial percentage of retirees have left the Government and transitioned to another job, frequently in industry. They really aren't retired in the classic sense of the word. These "retired" employees are developing new and additional perspectives on many of issues related to their pre-retirement responsibilities. Some of these retirees were good mentors when they were in the Government, some weren't; just as some were great employees and some weren't. So, presuming the Government re-employs the right people, it only gets mentors but people who now have a broader view of the issues/solutions and a better understanding of how to deal with industry both contractually and programatically. In my own case, 6 years of industry experience has given me a better understanding of how I might manage procurements differently to maximize the Government's interest and address industry concerns.

Tue, May 27, 2008 Jay Logan

Freyae Jones' idea looks good at first glance but ephd is seeing the real problem. At my office the management does practically no mentoring here (with the exception of a favorite or two) and, as a result, people are not being properly trained for succession as well as taking much longer to learn to do their jobs very well.

Tue, May 27, 2008 Erich Darr

The idea is for managers to manage succession. When you know for years that someone is going to retire and you do nothing to prepare another employee to take over those duties, then you're not doing you job as a manager. Upper management is at fault as well, when they don't authorize sufficient personnel strength in an organization to allow this process to take place.

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