CIO Council backs NAPA study

CIO Council backs NAPA study

The CIO Council put its weight behind a report about concerns and prospects in the federal IT work force, published by the National Academy of Public Administration in September.

Ira Hobbs, chairman of the CIO Council's Workforce and Human Capital for IT committee, said the document offers an outstanding look at the IT problems that face federal, state and local governments and the private sector.

'But that does not mean that we endorse 100 percent what the NAPA report says because work needs to be done in some areas,' he said.

The council has posted the 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 decline 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.

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.'

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

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