The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today the release of the Net Generation guide, a 128-page report by the Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council that focuses on preparing for change in the Federal Information Technology (IT) workforce.
The report identifies the challenges agencies currently face to backfill IT positions with the shrinking workforce, as 957,000 federal workers will become eligible to retire in the next few years. It also discusses how to attract workers between 17 and 31 years old, known as the Net Generation.
"Clearly one of the things we want to do with the report is create a sense of urgency around the idea that we have to embrace new ideas and approaches to attract and retain the workforce of the future," said David Wennergren, DoD Deputy CIO.
The Net Generation is a cohort that has grown up with the Internet and expects to work with cutting-edge technologies.
Wennergren noted that "the report addresses the importance of providing the Net Generation workforce with access to information age tools and capabilities, as well as providing them with an environment that unleashes and nurtures the fire of their innovation and creativity."
The guide is available online at http://www.cio.gov/Documents/NetGen.pdf.