Special Report: What millennials really want from federal service

  • The Homeland Security Department says a new cyber hiring authority is giving it an opportunity to create federal workforce of the future. Angela Bailey, DHS chief human capital officer, said she envisions a future where employees can more easily move back and forth between government and the private sector.

  • Burdened by student debt, the youngest federal employees are entering the workforce later than their predecessors. Most young employees said they'd prefer to stay in government, as long as they have opportunities to develop their skills, careers and benefits.

  • As part of Federal News Radio's special report, What Millennials Really Want from Federal Service, 61 percent of federal employees under age 35 say they feel they're perceived or treated differently because of their age. These perceptions have some positive — many negative — impacts on their experiences in the federal workforce.

  • Though a majority of federal employees under the age of 35 indicated their interest in staying within the federal government, many millennials said their decision depends on several different factors. Of the 39 percent of millennials who said they planned to leave government, the majority said they anticipated leaving within one-to-three years.

  • A Federal News Radio survey found the majority of federal employees under the age of 35 indicated an interest in staying in federal service. Many millennials said their passion for public service and their agencies' missions were the main drivers behind their decision to stay in government.