US Government Hiring?

Anne Fisher writes a column for CNNMoney and Fortune (I think its all the same, but there must be a subtle difference) and on Thursday (7/26/07) she cites a website called Partnership for Public Service. It is a great resource for anyone looking for a job in the public sector. The Partnership for Public Service says that the US Federal Government is hiring almost 200,000 by 2009. The huge hiring push is partly because of the baby boomers retiring. I don’t know about the benefits for the federal government, but that number can’t be as high on the private side. Big business is enticing their potential retirees to hang on longer but that is a blog for another time.

Fisher pulls out a few areas that are hiring:

  • 62,863 security and law-enforcement including 27,243 new border patrol agents, customs officer, immigration agents,
    food inspectors, criminal investigators, and airport screeners.
  • More
    than 23,000 nurses and nursing assistants, along with physicians,
    pharmacists and physical therapists to fill a total of 35,350 medical
    and public health jobs.
  • Biological scientists to
    address the threat of bioterrorism. In this field, the Department of
    Agriculture projects 2,462 hires and the Department of Homeland
    Security nearly 1,000 more.
  • More than 8,300 contracting experts at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and other agencies.
  • Accountants,
    tax examiners, auditors, and budget and financial analysts to fill
    21,248 openings at the IRS, Treasury, and other agencies.
  • Information technology experts for at least 11,562 positions.
  • Attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals for 9,691 jobs at Treasury and other agencies.
  • Air traffic controllers to fill 15,004 jobs at the Department of Transportation.

That is a fantastic list. One area I  would have liked to see her pull out though is the Department of State. It is believed by many that improving the State Department would do wonders for the war on terror. Here is the Agency Mission:

Creates a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community. Conducts the nation’s foreign affairs and diplomatic initiatives; oversees the Nation’s embassies and consulates; issues passports; monitors U.S. interests abroad; and represents the U.S. before international organizations.

Anyway, the Department of State is hiring about 1,400 for the Foreign Services and between 1,400 and 1,600 for Civil Service work. That is about 3,000 new hires. That number is smaller than most of the others she mentions. Of the Civil Service jobs, most of them are for processing passports because they are now needed to go to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. So potentially, these are temporary roles. In an era where the world is finally mounting a serious challenge to the US in many aspects, but especially, economically, the Department of State is taking a back seat. Shouldn’t this be a time of renewed interest in sending bright Americans around the globe? Shouldn’t this a time of allowing the brightest foreign minds to come to the US? 27,243 new border patrol agents, customs officers, immigration agents,
and airport screeners jobs say that it might be but we can’t risk it.


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