While the private sector long ago streamlined its hiring processes for attracting talented new employees, the federal government is historically sluggish in that area. With as many as 30 percent of federal employees likely to leave their jobs in the next five years, the challenge becomes how to overhaul federal hiring practices to attract top-notch young people who can’t and won’t wait a year to see if they can enter government service.

In a question-and-answer session, Dean David T. Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School examines the problem and explains a School program that aims squarely at a solution.