Officials Sound the Alarm Over Retention, Recruitment

March 20, 2013

The furloughs, pay freezes, possible retirement benefit cuts and other dire news for federal employees threaten to shatter the government’s recruitment and retention efforts, Obama administration officials and union leaders said Wednesday.

“I don’t know what straw breaks the camel’s back, but I can tell you this: We are close to the edge of the cliff,” Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said at a Wednesday meeting of senior administration and labor leaders.

“We cannot recruit and retain a qualified workforce by freezing their pay forever. We cannot do it by changing their retirement plan on an annual basis. We cannot do it by denigrating public service,” Berry said.

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