Experience can qualify contract employees for IT work

Experience can qualify contract employees for IT work

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

NOV. 6'Federal contract employees can substitute job experience for a four-year college degree in qualifying for information technology work, under a bill signed into law late last month.

President Clinton signed the Federal Contractor Flexibility Act of 2000 into law when he approved the Defense Authorization Bill.

Introduced by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) in the House and sponsored by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) in the Senate, the act weighs experience and training and a predetermined amount of time on the job.

The Information Technology Association of America said the act brings the federal marketplace more in step with what is happening in the private sector.

"A new economy demands new attitudes about getting the job done," said Harris Miller, the association's president. "Perhaps more than any other industry, the IT industry recognizes workers for what they know'not how they learned it.'

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