CIO Council says IT workers lacking skills

In a CIO Council survey, few federal workers said they have extensive experience in IT security, records management, privacy, e-government and enterprise architecture. The gaps in these skills are leading the council to begin working with the Office of Personnel Management to improve the IT workforce through hiring and training.

The council found in its 2003 Clinger-Cohen Assessment Survey, released late last month, that just under 15 percent of the more than 19,000 federal IT workers questioned said they have extensive knowledge of cybersecurity. In other areas such as e-government, the number was slightly less than 5 percent and for enterprise architecture the number was a bit more than 6 percent.

'Based on self-assessments, competency proficiencies were rated higher than skill proficiencies,' the report said. 'This could reflect that the workforce, in general, is equipped to handle complex jobs without the need to understand how a particular technology works.'

The report also attributed these gaps to lack of training and certification to stay abreast of new technologies, or because these functions typically are done by contractors.

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