Taxpayers deserve the very best from public services, and first-rate public services can only be provided by outstanding government workers. Federal human resource managers face the challenge of attracting and retaining high-caliber individuals within the constraints of ever-tightening budgets and often-conflicting political directives. From a talent management perspective, Optimizing Talent in the Federal Workforce explores: Best practices for recruiting and selecting employees Proven methods for developing and training employees Optimal deployment and placement processes. This text is a must-read for anyone in or working toward a government management position. Contents Introduction • Recruiting and Selecting the Best People • Developing and Training the Best People • Deploying and Placing the Best People • Engaging the Best People • Retaining the Best People • Knowledge Transfer About the Editors William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, CPLP Fellow is a professor in the Workforce Education and Development program, Department of Learning and Performance Systems, at The Pennsylvania State University.He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited more than 80 books as well as numerous book chapters and articles. He is currently president of Rothwell & Associates, Inc. Aileen G. Zaballero, MS, CPLP , is a dual PhD candidate in Workforce Education and Development and Comparative International Education, with an emphasis on organization development, at Penn State University. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance through the American Society for Training and Development. Jong Gyu Park is a PhD candidate in the Workforce Education and Development program, with an emphasis on human resource development and organization development, at Penn State University. He also is a PhD candidate in Business Administration, with an emphasis on management and organization, at Sungkyunkwan University School of Business in Seoul, South Korea.