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OPM Formally Adds IT Program Manager Position

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The Office of Personnel and Management has formally added and defined a new IT position for the federal workforce: the IT program manager title, according to a May 31 OPM memo.

The exhaustive 25-point federal IT reform, launched by federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra in December, called for the creation of an official IT program position. White House IT officials said the new position would help government IT recruiting better compete with the private sector.

Agencies are encouraged to implement the new position as soon as possible, the OPM reads, “to meet the intent of the White House 25 Point Plan to better identify, recruit, select and develop a cadre of high-performing IT program managers.”

The IT program manager title joins the IT project manager and IT specialist titles in the 2210 series.

In January, the Office of Management and Budget and OPM sat down with agency leaders and IT experts both in and out of government to hammer out proposals for creating a new federal career track for IT program managers. In March, the agency released a draft proposal for the IT program manager title.

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