CIO Council asks IT workers to assess their skills

CAMBRIDGE, Md.'The CIO Council wants to hear from federal IT employees.

To meet the annual work force assessment requirement of the Clinger-Cohen Act, the council is asking feds in the General Schedule categories of 2210 IT specialist, 334 computer specialist, 391 telecommunications specialist, 1550 computer scientist and 854 computer engineering to answer a questionnaire to determine their skills and competencies, and the training they may need.

'This will give us the workers' perception of how well-trained they are and what gaps exist in their skill level,' said Ira Hobbs, the Agriculture Department's deputy CIO and co-chairman of the CIO Council's Work Force and Human Capital for IT Committee. 'The value of the survey will be determined by how many participants will fill it out.'

The five-part survey, which can be found at surveyit.cio.gov, takes between five and 20 minutes to fill out, Hobbs said yesterday at the Interagency Resources Management Conference.

The survey asks employees to rate their competencies on 69 technology and interpersonal skills, such as artificial intelligence, oral communication, project management and systems integration, on a scale of 1 to 5.

Employees also are asked about professional certifications and IT skills used in their jobs, such as cabling, data analysis and network protocols. The final section inquires about specialized job skills, such as enterprise architecture, project management and capital planning and investment.

The survey will give individual agencies insight into employees' skills and give the council a picture of the entire federal government that will help plan more effective training and career development, Hobbs said.

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