Thesis Title

Federal Government Recruiting: a Comparative Study of the Public and Private Sectors

Date of Graduation

Summer 1991


Master of Public Administration


Political Science

Committee Chair

Kant Patel


Federal government agencies are currently experiencing recruiting difficulties and the future may be even more problematic. Because human resource recruiting is vital to organizations, this thesis examines federal government agencies, under the direction of the Office of Personnel Management, as they attempt to recruit four year college graduates. Several decision making theories related to career and employer choices are reviewed. In addition, comparative analyses regarding decision making variables point out that federal agencies are deficient on many key recruiting incentives. In fact, with the exception of job security, federal agencies compared unfavorably on perception/prestige, salary, fringe benefits, and advancement opportunities. Suggestions for improvement and dealing with heightened private sector competition are also presented in this thesis.

Subject Categories

Public Administration


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