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OPM Tells Agencies to Identify Cyber Skill Requirements by April 2019

The Office of Personnel Management has released a guidance to help agencies identify shortfalls in their cybersecurity workforces and develop plans to address skill shortages, Nextgov reported Monday.

The OPM guidance calls for agencies to submit by April 2019 a report that details information technology and cyber roles with the critical need status and an action plan that sets targets and metrics to address skill shortages.

Agencies should determine the root causes of skill shortages in positions of critical need and some of the causes cited in the guidance include talent pipeline, retention, performance management and resources.

Agencies should also report to OPM their progress when it comes to mitigating skill shortages starting April 2020 through April 2022.

The guidance, which was introduced in alignment with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s cyber workforce framework, seeks to help agencies comply with the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015.

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