OPM and CIO Council look for more managers

The Office of Personnel Management and the CIO Council are taking on the governmentwide shortage of IT project managers and systems architects by elevating the two positions above the generic title of computer specialist.

OPM by the end of the year will release agency guidelines on how to classify, recruit and certify IT project managers.

Ira Hobbs, deputy CIO of the Agriculture Department and co-chairman of the CIO Council's Human Capital and Work Force committee, announced the effort at the Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference earlier this month. He said OPM and the CIO Council also are working on guidance for systems architects, but it is harder to define the requirements. Hobbs said the two guides will create a formal, governmentwide system for selecting, developing and rewarding these officials. He said project managers likely will start at a minimum GS-13 level and be eligible for the Senior Executive Service.

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