How do you define your IT job? The CIO Council wants to know

In line with the governmentwide move to improve IT management from a business perspective, the CIO Council is re-evaluating the definitions of IT positions'and their place in their organizations'and adding new ones.

To that end, the council's Workforce and Human Capital for IT Committee is requesting that agency CIOs comment on skill sets ascribed to 12 occupational functions, such as policy and organization, leadership and management, and capital planning and investment assessment. The goal is to help agencies define the skills and knowledge needed for each area. (Click to link to council memo).

The biennial review of IT positions is part of the CIO Council's charge under the Clinger-Cohen Act, the council said.

The council also is asking agency IT managers to comment on its new definitions of chief architect, solution architect and enterprise architect. (Click for recent coverage) The council issued a white paper laying out the definitions of these positions with the request for comments on all IT job definitions.

The enterprise architecture white paper 'will help us get talking about the same thing with the same words,' said Ira Hobbs, co-chairman of the workforce committee, at the E-Gov conference earlier this month.

Hobbs also said a new definition of project manager should be released soon, pending a review by the Office of Personnel Management.

CIOs have until July 31 to provide comments on the changes to IT definitions.


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