OPM analyzes Homeland Security's work force

The Office of Personnel Management today is analyzing work force data for the Homeland Security Department on four job classifications to identify the new department's needs.

OPM will use a version of an Army work force analysis tool to evaluate the agencies that will be rolled into the new department. The tool will determine how many criminal investigators, procurement specialists, attorneys and computer engineers work in the component agencies and how many the new department will need, said Norm Enger, OPM e-government project director.

OPM modified the Army's Workforce Analysis Support System and Civilian Forecasting System to be used with the Enterprise Human Resources Integration e-government project. EHRI is one of five Quicksilver e-government initiatives OPM is directing.

'We want to demonstrate the tool's power to our partners,' Enger said. 'We will use existing data to from the Central Personnel Data File and forecast and analyze the four occupational series critical to the new Department of Homeland Security.' Enger said he also plans to use data mining on the federal information database to support the needs of the new department.

Enger said the tools will be available to all agencies in January.

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