Will They Stay? Turnover Intentions of Future Federal Cyber Corps Members

Project Description:

In response to the predicted shortfall in the public sector workforce, federal agencies have developed innovative strategies to encourage public service. Service corps programs, which provide educational scholarships in exchange for a specified service period, are an increasingly popular strategy. Given their cost, it is critical to gain sound insight on the potential of these programs to address both short- and long-term workforce needs. Thus, this research project sought to add to the understanding of the value of service corps programs in addressing long-term workforce needs through an examination of the turnover intentions of participants in the National Science Foundation Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. Given the importance of a strong public sector cyber corps and the cost of this recruitment and socialization tool, it is critical to gain additional insight about program impact.

This research project investigated the turnover intentions among future members of the federal cyber corps while they are still engaged in their programs and service periods. Through surveys of current SFS participants, the research project examined how individual, job-related and organizational factors influenced their ex-ante intention to stay. Read report.