Government, like all employers, needs good people to provide the best services to its constituents. Unfortunately, the trends are heading in the wrong direction - there are more jobs in government being posted, but fewer people are applying for them. Why is that? 

This study done by the National Association of State Chief Administrators, NEOGOV, and Accenture documents some of the reasons and, most importantly, what can governments do to respond (full disclosure: I led this study for Accenture right up to final production, then moved to my current position with A&M). If you want to help attract and retain the best talent in government, this is worth a read.