CIO Council to begin mentoring program

CIO Council to begin mentoring program

The administration is continuing its quest to find solutions to the federal information technology work force crisis.

Tomorrow, the General Services Administration and the CIO Council will launch a mentoring program that links chief information officers and deputy CIOs with more than 20 federal IT workers.

For one year, beginning in October, federal IT workers, mostly from grades GS-12 through GS-14, will work with one mentor each on challenging federal IT projects.

The council and GSA are working on a road map for developing IT skills, said Tom Horan, acting deputy associate administrator for IT in GSA's Governmentwide Policy Office. Much of the emphasis will be on Web-accessible tools, he said.

Horan said the selected federal employees will work on issues such as systems interoperability, Extensible Markup Language initiatives and Section 508 projects. Employees will apply for the program as if they are applying for a job and work on three to four assignments during their year in the program.

'They'll be mentored by individuals who are at the top of their game,' Horan said. 'It's not gonna solve the whole thing, but it's an important step in trying to address the work force crisis.'

At the end of the year, GSA and the CIO Council will amass the lessons learned from the program, which Horan called a 'virtual knowledge management toolkit.'

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