IT workforce panel to focus on training

A federal information technology panel will focus on providing the government's IT workforce with more training and a career "roadmap" to boost recruitment and retention, according to the panel's co-chair.

The Chief Information Officers Council, which has focused on pay and hiring issues for IT workers in the past year, is planning to make training for project managers and career development programs for employees high priorities, said Ira Hobbs, acting CIO at the Agriculture Department and co-chair of the council's workforce and human capital for IT committee.

Hobbs told reporters during a Tuesday conference call that he is working with an interagency team to develop an online roadmap to guide employees who want to improve their IT skills.

"We are looking for an automated tool that will help people.… They will be able to access it at their desktop no matter where they are in government," Hobbs said.

Hobbs comments came during a discussion about feedback on an August 2001 study from the National Academy of Public Administration which concluded that the government needs to use more pay and hiring flexibilities to compete with the private sector for IT workers.

The NAPA report recommended that the federal government "establish a market-based, pay-for-performance compensation system" with broad pay ranges and raises based on increases in competency to attract and retain IT workers.

The NAPA report has received 31 comments so far, which have been summarized and are available through the CIO Council Web site. "The comments were very supportive--often personal horror stories of what is going on it their own organizations," Hobbs said. "By and large, they were very positive and very supportive of the report itself."

Hobbs said the committee would continue working with key organizations, such as the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget, to promote NAPA's recommendations.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.