The article below by IWP Director of Career Services Derrick Dortch appeared in The Washington Post on October 23, 2013.
Prospects: Government is still open for business - and hiring
by Derrick T. Dortch
The Washington Post
Lately I have gotten a lot of similar questions: Is the government still hiring after the partial shutdown and budget cuts? Is the government still a good place to work? Why should I work for the government when it seems that Congress has no respect for federal employees?
Yes, recently, the U.S. government's reputation has taken some hard hits.
But I have three quick answers: Yes, it's still hiring and always will be, so if you are interested in government service, keep trying. Yes, the government is a great place to work because the mission is about national service, and some of the work you can rarely do anywhere else. As for Congress, they are fickle bunch - sometimes they love government, sometimes they hate it - so you can't rise or fall on their words.