CIO Council backs NAPA study on IT pay

CIO Council backs NAPA study on IT pay

Ira Hobbs

The CIO Council is backing a National Academy of Public Administration report that calls for government to rethink the pay of federal IT workers.

In a written statement the council said, 'We support and concur in NAPA's conclusions that federal IT salaries need to take into account current market conditions and evolving IT disciplines.'

Ira Hobbs, chairman of the council's Committee on the Wokforce and Human Capital for IT, said the September document offers an outstanding look at the IT problems that face federal, state and local governments and industry.

More work needed

'But that does not mean that we endorse 100 percent of what the NAPA report says because work needs to be done in some areas,' said Hobbs, deputy CIO at the Agriculture Department.

The council asked agencies to come up with their own strategies for work force retention as the administration and Congress consider NAPA's proposals.

The council has posted the NAPA pay study, The Transforming Power of Information Technology'Making the Federal Government an Employer of Choice, on its Web site, at www.cio.gov.

By linking to the NAPA study, the council wants to make sure the work force shortage gets maximum attention, Hobbs said.

Many federal employees will soon be eligible for retirement, but it's difficult to predict how many IT professionals will leave, Hobbs said.

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