The federal workforce is aging. Among federal civilian employees, close to half are over the age of fifty. Roughly one-third, or 600,000, will be eligible to retire by September of 2017. A number of recent articles have discussed the federal government’s inability to bring in and retain young people. While agencies should certainly take steps to improve retention rates and influence their hiring processes, systemic obstacles—especially budget austerity— are likely to continue to make it difficult to attract, hire, and retain young workers.