Acquisition Workforce Grew in 2010, New Report Says

February 17, 2012

The federal acquisition workforce grew in fiscal 2010, though one-quarter of the workforce is planning to retire in the next six years, according to the latest annual acquisition workforce report by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI).

Agencies stayed ahead of losses in 2010, hiring 9,970 acquisition employees while losing only 5,880 through attrition, the report shows. Positions include contracting specialists, purchasing officers and procurement clerks.

The workforce grew 6 percent from fiscal 2009 to 74,630, the report says.

An additional 47,959 employees were identified as contracting officer representatives and 4,186 were identified as program and project managers, the report shows. The report did not compare the number of contracting officer representatives and program and project managers to previous years because data were not available. 

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