In your article, 'Digital-signature app lets DOD users work their way up to PKI' [<a href="http://www.gcn.com/20_25/news/16931-1.htmlGCN, Aug. 27, Page 9</a>], about electronic signature and approval management software by White Sands Missile Range and the Army Medical Command, Barry West of the General Services Administration expresses his views on interoperability and scalability of this type of application used in government.
GCN, Aug. 27, Page 9
Vice president, strategic planning
To retain 335s, reclassify us
It appears to me a portion of the work force is being neglected. All the articles I've seen about recruiting and training concentrate on the 334s and the newly classified 2210s. Both apply to our civilian positions. Am I completely wrong, or are we as 335s not competent enough to be considered for reclassification?
When 335s pursue other jobs in the government computer world, we get rejected because we're classified as assistants.
The usual reason given is we have a lack of specialized experience, which is equivalent to not holding a previous classification of 334.
That's ironic, because the government realizes there's a problem within the work force and has difficulty hiring and retaining qualified people in these positions.
I recently learned that workgroup managers are going to be receiving training toward various technical certifications. So either we're trained computer techs making vital contributions, or we're just assistants. I can see it now, some decision-maker leaning back in his chair proposing this certification program, saying, 'I just can't figure out why we can't retain our computer people.'
Let's address the real issue: reclassification.
SGT. STEVEN J. PAHOTA
349 Logistics Group
Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
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