The Social Security Administration needs to make systemic changes before a combination of employee retirement, mounting disability cases and aging information technology infrastructure begin to make a major impact on efficiency, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
The Navy says it will define competencies that Information Dominance Corps personnel should meet and will turn to training and education to ensure they do. That's a central point of a human capital strategy (.pdf) for the next 5 years signed into effect late November.
A majority of the senior general schedule employees within the Veterans Affairs Department office of information technology will be eligible to retire by 2016, says an internal OIT report obtained by FierceGovernmentIT through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Within the next 5 years, the office could lose more than 40 percent of its leadership and technical employees to retirement, auditors say in an Oct. 29 report (.pdf), but the office of the VA chief information officer hasn't devoted sufficient resources toward developing and implementing a human capital strategy.
A draft of the executive order on cybersecurity has circulated in the Obama administration, but President Barack Obama himself has yet to review it, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Oct. 25. In the meantime, she said, the administration has reached out to the private sector and other stakeholders for their feedback about what the order should look like if Obama does choose to issue one.
Information technology managers who say their familiarity with workers' skills negates the need for a competency database overlook the need for an enterprisewide view of skills at hand and make it harder to plan training. That, in turn, makes employee retention a challenge, says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in an Sept. 21 report (.pdf) released earlier this month.
In a report (.pdf) released earlier this month, the Homeland Security Advisory Council's task force on cyberskills says DHS needs at least 600 civil servants with technical cybersecurity skills capable of handling mission-critical tasks. In the near term, DHS should utilize direct hire authority to bring them on board, the task force says.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced June 6 that her department will, through the Homeland Security Advisory Council, launch a task force focused on cyber workforce development.
Federal agencies with the largest information technology budgets do not know the size of their cybersecurity workforce because there is no cybersecurity occupational series, or even a standard set of
Cybersecurity functions can be divided into seven broad categories of jobs, says the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, which released Nov. 8 a draft taxonomy of the cybersecurity...