An Organizational Climate Assessment of the Army Contracting Workforce
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Having a competent contracting workforce is vital in keeping pace with an increase in workload and complex contracting actions. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports highlight the contracting workforce shortfalls in education and experience; however, lack of education and experience are not the only contributing factors that foster an environment where fraud, waste and abuse are prevalent. The more complex the contracting actions, the more competent, agile, and innovative the contracting workforce must become. This creates stress on organizations to structure their workforce to meet these demands. Organizational climate is an important part in retaining a competent contracting workforce. The purpose of this research is to assess the organizational climate of the Army contracting workforce in terms of thirteen commonly accepted dimensions within organizational climate. Responses to a previously developed web-based survey completed by the Army contracting workforce may identify trends that negatively impact the Armyﾒs goal in recruiting and retaining talent within the contracting workforce. Analysis of the trends may assist senior Army leaders in developing and/or implementing strategies to address recruitment and retention challenges within the Armyﾒs contracting workforce.
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