Frank Kendall: Govt Needs ‘Revolving Door’ Law Overhaul to Attract More Talent

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, wants to have the so-called revolving door laws revamped as part of an effort to attract more talent to the government, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Scott Maucione writes Kendall believes existing revolving door laws discourage top talent from joining the government sector.

Kendall, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, told the D3 Innovation Summit in Washington that talent used to enter the government “for a few years, they’d make a contribution to their country and they’d go back and nobody assumed they were a crook,” according to the report.

“I think we’ve gone too far trying to protect ourselves from the rare person who is really going to do wrong and we deny ourselves an enormous amount of talent,” Kendall said during the event.

Defense Department procurement officials who leave the government are required to wait two years before they accept job offers from defense companies, the station reports.

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