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Chairman Connolly to Hold Hearing on the Future of the Federal Workforce

November 23, 2021

Washington D.C. (November 23, 2021)—On December 1, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. ET, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine the federal government's recruitment and hiring policies and explore strategies to help build the next generation of public servants. With just seven percent of federal civilian employees under the age of 30, and potentially one-third of employees eligible to retire in the next several years, the federal government must consider making changes to attract individuals to the federal workforce.

The hearing will build on the findings of Chairman Connolly's October 4 event in Fairfax, VA with students at George Mason University examining potential changes to the federal government's culture and policies to attract and retain early career individuals to federal service, promote the health and safety of the federal workforce, and ensure that the federal workforce reflects the communities it serves. To ensure a robust and diverse workforce, the federal government must move away from a focus on rigid and outdated processes to design a workplace driven by mission and innovation.


Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing entitled "The Future of Federal Work"


Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. ET


Mika J. Cross

Federal Workplace Expert

Kenneth J. Thomas

National President
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Michelle Amante

Vice President, Federal Workforce Programs
Partnership for Public Service

Meredith M. Lozar
Executive Director, Programs and Events
Hiring our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.


Per the Office of the Attending Physician's guidelines, and in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Committee on House Administration, the hearing room has been reconfigured to provide for social distancing. In light of current guidance from CDC and OAP, media must comply with the Committee's COVID guidelines, including by continuing to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on November 30, 2021.