Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, believes that inadequate compensation and a lack of appreciation for the contributions of SES members is causing them to leave at higher rates. (Rob Curtis/Staff)
More senior executives are leaving the federal government than ever before, according to a George Washington University study of the senior executive service (SES).
The report, prepared by graduate students, shows the overall SES turnover increased from 7.2 percent in fiscal 2009 to 9.8 percent in fiscal 2013, while the raw numbers of SES members leaving the government climbed 44 percent.
Part of the reason for the increase can be attributed to the gap between wages within the SES and comparable jobs in the private sector. The drop in bonuses may also be a contributing factor, according to a survey of 261 current SES members and 273 former members.
Some of the other reasons included frustration with agency leadership and with Congress and with a lack of progress within the federal government as a whole.
Carol Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executives Association, said the results of the study confirm that inadequate compensation and a lack of appreciation for the contributions of SES members is causing them to leave at higher rates.
“The current Congress and Administration need to realize that politics as usual will only exacerbate these trends, with the net result being a growing brain drain that hurts our government and the American people it serves.” Bonosaro said.