As outsourcing continues to take a greater role in the federal government, strategic partnerships will become increasingly important as part of the agency's human capital knowledge base. Contractors, other than full-time permanent employees, universities, international partners, and other key groups will contribute significantly to an organization's human capital strategy. It would be very worthwhile to hire recent retirees as part-time retired annuitants or through emeriti programs to play mentoring and knowledge retention roles in the organization. In the years ahead, there certainly will be more nontraditional mechanisms being employed to develop an agency's human capital knowledge base. The future looks bright if organizations maximize, leverage, and synergize all human capital elements comprising an agency's human capital plan.