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DOD isn't poaching, but it is hiring, official says

Is the Defense Department poaching employees from its contractor companies to fill defense jobs?

Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, today leaned toward no. DOD isn’t poaching private-sector employees, but it is hiring plenty of people, he said.

As officials push insourcing government jobs to boost in-house skills in areas such as defense procurement, companies are concerned their employees are being, well, poached.

Carter denied that characterization. However, he said DOD is seeking employees in places where they can be found.

“We’re going to the open marketplace,” Carter told House Armed Services Committee.

Carter said people are interested in joining DOD because it offers the opportunity to play a role in protecting the United States.

DOD may not pay as much as private-sector companies or have the most innovative and up-to-date offices, he said. But the department’s mission draws people, especially young people, to give up perks to work there.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Reader Comments

Wed, Dec 8, 2010

Sadly, when contractors go to work for the Gov the value provided dramitically decreases. I have see gov. workers making over $90,000 do nothing and they are then asked to provide leadership to the new hires. Its the blind leading the seeing.

Tue, Oct 5, 2010

The DoD is doing what basically all government positions do. When they decide to bring a position in house they simply have to inform the contractor as they often will be training the "in-house" replacement even if they don't jump ship. Is it still poaching? I think so, but they can get away with saying no since technically they aren't approaching the individual about a job opening... As for younger workers, I always find it extremely disconcerting when people object to hiring younger workers. I work in an area that objected to hiring younger workers for years and now they're stuck with a retiring work force with far too inexperienced of workers to replace them. The workforce here is being forced into the other situation mentioned which is contracting back retired people since they didn't train younger workers when they had the chance. People have to get experience somehow, if they're not applying themselves then they should be let go but that's a different matter. You'll find younger workers that are extremely hard workers as well as slackers but that's true of any generation, classifying an entire group based on the actions of a few is ignorant.

Mon, Oct 4, 2010

Poaching or not is not the issue so much as is the insourcing being done in the best interest of DOD and the general tax paying public. So far nothing published, with real numbers, says it is. Most people I have seen are taking the jobs because that is what is there and they can relax because they don't have the same requirements, pressures to perform they did as contractors. Sad but too often true.

Mon, Oct 4, 2010

And private companies have not been hiring people trained at US taxpayers' expense and selling thier services back to the very same organizations that paid for thier skills?

Mon, Oct 4, 2010 Goverment Poachers Unethical Chambersburg Pa

Unfortunately, this is flat out just NOT true. "Poaching" is occurring openly and regularly. In Letterkenny Chambersburg Pa. Contractors are being approached regularly for positions that will be rolled over to the government once contract funding is cut. The funds that are cut on contract are used as "seed dollars" to hire these contractors. The government leadership are openly stating that they have many targeted positions that WILL BE FILLED by contractors. They are NOT looking outside. They are only looking who to target INSIDE on the existing accounts. They realize that it is easier to "poach" from your "partnering contractor" staff than to try to find cleared , skilled professionals in their local areas. They leverage the threat of the loss of their jobs with funding cuts unless they roll over and change hats for a government position. Who won't go if their livelihood was threatened. This crosses the line of unethical business practice. The Government has targets and goals to achieve. Those goals are to hire from their own existing contractor. This is NOT "poaching" ... Please !

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