Attrition of Scientists and Engineers at Seven Agencies.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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The General Accounting Office developed data on the attrition of scientists and engineers between 1979 and 1983. GAO generally found that changes in the scientific work-force paralleled changes in the total workforce. A comparison of changes in the scientific and nonscientific workforces, however, showed an inconsistent pattern. At three agencies the attrition was higher for the scientists and engineers than for the nonscientific workforce, and at three agencies the attrition rate for scientists and engineers was lower. At one agency, both workforces increased but the scientific workforce increased at a lesser rate than the nonscientific workforce. GAO also found that agency reductions-in-force were a factor in the attrition of scientists at five of the seven agencies. Further, FAOs analysis of scientific employment by occupation and type of research and development activities engaged in disclosed that trends varied by agency.
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