The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) faces a major fallout in recruiting, developing, and retaining a federal and contractor workforce. Although the NNSA is known for recruiting young professionals and paying competitively, a recent study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that the NNSA might soon face a shortage of skilled workers. The report found that the lack of social media access within the NNSA confines to be the primary contributor to this finding. The younger professionals simply do not want to be unplugged from their familiar social tools. In addition, GAO claims that most of the qualified professionals are not U.S citizens, which hinders them from obtaining a security clearance.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the contractors who operate the national lab sites for NNSA may soon face a workforce shortage of qualified candidates and faces challenges to recruit and retain new workers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed.
In its report, “Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: Strategies and Challenges in Sustaining Critical Skills in Federal and Contractor Workforces” the GAO said the NNSA has generally relied on recruiting young workers early in their careers and providing them with training and advancement opportunities. This has worked in the past and led to solid retention, especially since the competitive pay and advancement opportunities have been appealing.
However, NNSA staff are required to work in secure areas that prohibit the use of personal cell phones, e-mail, and social media, which “is a disadvantage in attracting younger skilled candidates.” Another primary problem is that the pool of qualified applicants from top science, technology, and engineering programs are not U.S. citizens and cannot obtain security clearances, says GAO.
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