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OPM Embeds Cyber Code in Federal Workforce Database; Sydney Smith-Heimbrock Comments

Sydney Smith-Heimbrock
Sydney Smith-Heimbrock

The Office of Personnel Management has moved to monitor cyber personnel performance and attached a cybersecurity job code into the federal workforce, Fedscoop reported Wednesday.

Billy Mitchell writes the codes seek to reflect the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity workforce framework.

OPM required agencies to implement a new categorization field to identify cybersecurity and other positions within their organization by the end of fiscal year 2014, Fedscoop reports.

Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, OPM deputy associate director for strategic workforce planning, said cybersecurity tops the government’s concerns for high-risk jobs, according to the report.

She added that the OPM uses the codes as a back-office tool at present in order to determine what makes up the government’s cybersecurity workforce, Mitchell reports.

OPM aims to close what it sees as skill gaps across the government in fiscal 2015 through the use of analytics and other methods, Smith-Heimbrock added.

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