The ability to attract talented people and retain them in key positions was most often cited in the Survey as a critical element in the success of a new Administration. The importance of preparing incoming high level individuals was similarly cited. It is not enough to attract individuals; they must be oriented into their role in the federal government which often differs significantly from their previous jobs outside. This preparation should be continuous and available to individuals throughout an Administration.
This Panel will analyze the current process to recruit, train, retain, and reward individuals and identify changes that could be made by a new Administration. Recent efforts in the Defense Department and elsewhere to modify civil service rules should be part of the Panel's deliberations.