Retention Factors in the Federal Government

Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
District of Columbia
Organization Overview: 

OPM oversees all policy created to support Federal human resources departments — from classification and qualifications systems to hiring authorities and from performance management to pay, leave, and benefits. Along with making those policies, we are responsible for ensuring they are properly implemented and continue to be correctly carried out.

Through our initiatives, programs, and materials, we seek to recruit and hire the best talent; to train and motivate employees to achieve their greatest potential; and to constantly promote an inclusive work force defined by diverse perspectives.

OPM provides human resources, leadership, and support to Federal agencies and helps the Federal workforce achieve their aspirations as they serve the American people. " We're responsible for keeping the government running smoothly — a responsibility that has daily consequences for every citizen.

Project Name: 
Retention Factors in the Federal Government
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan
Project Overview: 

OPM is tasked with supporting agencies to effectively manage people and build and retain an engaged workforce. OPM has consistently collected data on retention (e.g., EHRI database), engagement and performance (EVS Survey datasets) to support these efforts. This project would include looking at 1 year, 2 year and 5 year retention data by mission critical occupations to determine who is leaving during these periods and how can agencies better retain high performing employees. Research would include generational relationships to retention, performance, location, office/component, exit surveys or other factors. If the Federal Government can better understand if there is a common theme to attrition then interventions can be developed to better retain key employees.


A white paper of findings and/or briefing to the Federal Government Chief Human Capital Officer's Council.

Spots Available: 
Executive; Full-Time
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829