Dave Mihelcic, federal chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Networks,Â has said the government shutdown could push potential new hires, technologists and other highly skilled employees to seek employment outside the federal government, Nextgov reported Friday.
âIf this shutdown goes for much longer, you could see some of those best, most employable [people] fleeing,â he told Nextgov.
DHSâ homeland security management directorate has put approximately 90 percent of employees in furlough during the shutdown, which Mihelcic said comes during the âprime hiring seasonâ for soon-to-be and recent graduates.
He also noted about the shutdownâs possible impact on the governmentâs image, including those of agencies that continue to operate.
âThere just will be a more negative perception of the stability and security and viability of a career in the federal government coming out of this shutdown,â said Mihelcic, former chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency.