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Beth Cobert: Agencies Should Continue on Efforts to Fill Skill Gaps for “At Risk” Govt Occupations

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council are continuing on their collaboration to address potential skill gaps in what agencies deem as “mission critical” occupations in government, Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert said Friday.

Cobert wrote in a memo to federal agency HR leaders that the partnership aims to bolster “at risk” occupations including economists, HR specialists, auditors, acquisition, cybersecurity and STEM functional area.

OPM will provide guidance and tools for root cause analysis, set targets and develop action plans and outcome-oriented metrics and aid agencies in its skills gap closure objectives.

The CHCO council will also work with occupational leaders that represent each government-wide MCOs to come up with a strategy that will look to discover the causes of an “at risk” occupation.

Each CHCO agency also identified its respective agency-specific MCOs to address for skills gap closure in an effort to meet individual agency mission requirements, Cobert said

The process and evaluation methodology created for skills gap closure includes an agency lead appointment, short and long term strategy development, progress monitoring and other reporting requirements.

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