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OPM, CIO Council Survey IT Workers to Close Federal ‘Competency Gaps’

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The Office of Personnel Management and the federal Chief Information Officer’s Council will survey members of the government’s IT workforce as one of the first steps toward implementing the sweeping overhaul of federal IT management and acquisition announced late last year.

According to a post on CIO.gov, the IT Workforce Capability Assessment Survey is designed to help provide OPM and the Office of Management and Budget with information on how to develop a federal career track for IT program managers.

One of the long-term goals for IT management reform was to create a more qualified IT workforce, including a beefed-up role for program managers to help close the “competency gaps” in IT program management between the federal government and the private sector.

OMB will use workers’ responses to help agencies develop plans for strengthening the program management career track.

Other objectives of the ITWCAS survey, according to the posting, include:

  • Identifying the available supply of IT expertise across the government workforce
  • Determining where resources should be focused to improve or sustain IT competencies and skills
  • Assessing progress in closing competency and skill gaps

The IT survey will be administered through Feb. 25 and is available here.

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