Federal Recruiting:

College Placement Officials' Views of the Government's Campus Outreach Efforts

GGD-92-48BR: Published: Jan 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the results of a survey of federal agency recruiting activities at selected colleges and universities.

GAO found that: (1) 35 placement officials reported that graduating seniors were either very or generally interested in meeting with federal recruiters; (2) 5 of those 35 placement officials added that some students were only interested in certain agencies and 3 placement officials believed that the recession had helped increase student interest in federal employment; (3) 24 placement officials believed that recruitment materials that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other federal agencies provided to their schools were either generally or very effective, 9 officials believed that the materials were either generally or very ineffective, and 7 other officials believed that the materials were neither effective nor ineffective or were not sure; (4) 21 officials indicated that the number of campus visits by federal agencies during the 1990-91 academic year was no greater than in 1989-90; (5) the most active private companies made more campus visits than the most active federal agencies; (6) even though OPM has been offering the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) examinations since June 1990, nearly a third of the placement officials stated that they had not heard of the examinations; and (7) the officials' lack of familiarity with ACWA examinations could be attributed to the high turnover rate among placement officials and the fact that material may have been routed to placement counselors rather than placement directors.

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