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Government Executive reports:

Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James said Thursday that recent studies show the federal government is the employer of choice for "a large and talented pool of enthusiastic and well-educated people."

Her conclusion was based on surveys conducted among more than 300 finalists for positions with the Presidential Management Fellows program and more than 900 attendees at an April joint private- and public-sector job fair at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

At the job fair, respondents said that a federal career appealed to them more than one in the private sector by a ratio of 6 to 1. And nearly two-thirds of respondents said they were more interested in government work today than they were a few years ago.

6 to 1? Of course, people interested in the Presidential Management Fellows Program and this job fair are a skewed sample. And evidently they make promising spies.

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