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Policy Statement 386 - Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Engineers for Government Service


Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on February 23, 2016
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on May 13, 2016
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 9, 2016


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports the establishment of personnel policies and career packages in government agencies which will attract, develop, and retain engineers who can perform at a high level of service in the public interest. These policies and packages should include: competitive total compensation (wages and benefits); career advancement based on merit; professional development through involvement in technical and professional societies; life-long learning through continuing education; support for career advancement; and, a positive and challenging work environment.


Public sector organizations strive to promote public service responsibilities in the management, implementation and protection of resources and infrastructure for the public safety and benefit. Public confidence and recognition of civil engineering competence and credibility in public sector organizations is an important aspect of this responsibility. Recognizing these responsibilities and through effective recruitment, compensation and development programs, civil engineers can continue to provide public organizations their strength and vitality. Continuing development of civil engineering competence and credibility is also fostered through peer participation in professional societies and continuing education. These activities should be financially and otherwise encouraged.


ASCE has as a basic objective, the advancement of the profession of civil engineering to enhance the welfare of mankind. To achieve this goal, the continued development and retention of highly professional and competent civil engineering leaders and staff for public agencies is necessary. Engineers who can perform at a high level of service are better able to manage programs and projects, delivering higher quality services at a lower overall cost.

This policy has worldwide application
ASCE Policy Statement 386 
First Approved in 1991