The Office of Personnel Management wants subject matter experts at federal agencies to help it revise the classification and qualification standards for the Public Affairs occupational series — a federal job description that has not been updated since its issuance in 1981.
The General Services Administration is using data science to address its human capital management challenges, said Paul Tsagaroulis, director of GSA's Human Capital Analytics Division.
The White House Tuesday announced its inaugural cohort of a development program aiming to boost the skills of senior federal workers.
Last week, 30 acquisition professionals kicked off a six-month journey to learn how to better buy IT products and services. And while the goal of the Digital Service Contracting Professional Training and Development Program sounds simple, the transformation the Office of Federal Procurement Policy hopes to drive with it represents a major cultural shift.
As government looks to foster innovation, it's also looking to its workforce — bringing new talent to government while also "awakening" career personnel that have let their roles stagnate.
The federal government uses four major systems to track workforce vacancies but none maintain completely accurate personnel accounts because agencies must provide the information, data is slow to refresh, and personnel and positions aren't always coupled together, says a paper published June 12 by the Brookings Institution.
Improving cybersecurity emerged as the top priority again for federal chief information officers and chief information security officers, according to an annual survey from industry group TechAmerica.
The Homeland Security Department would have more flexibility in hiring and retaining cybersecurity professionals under a bill introduced May 20 by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). The bill (S.2354) was reported favorably to the full committee May 21 and aims to help the department compete with the private sector in staffing its cybersecurity workforce.
Existing levels of information technology talent within government and civil society do not meet the current needs, finds a report based on dozens of interviews and secondary research. Those technically skilled programmers, designers and engineers with expertise in computer science and data science that are in government are not distributed evenly across agencies, it adds.
The caustic political environment of recent years and its results – involuntary furloughs and a half-month government shutdown – have taken a toll on a federal workforce, shows a new FierceGovIT-Market Connections PulsePoll™. An online poll of 370 federal civilian and defense workers shows a picture of a struggling workforce. Half of respondents say they're considering looking for a job outside government.