Retirement isn't affecting IT skills so far

Chart: Highest-ranked skills held by those planning to retire within three years

Source: CIO Council/OPM survey

Retirement is not diluting the skills of the federal IT workforce, according to a new study by the CIO Council and the Office of Personnel Management.

The second IT Workforce Capability Assessment Survey of federal workers' proficiencies found that their top 10 ranked technical competencies remained largely the same from 2003 to 2004.

Only two of the top 10 changed, with requirements analysis and systems lifecycle management replacing computer languages and knowledge management. And the general competencies of the IT workforce, such as interpersonal skills, problem solving and oral communication, went unchanged between the two surveys.

The CIO Council and OPM surveyed 22,104 IT workers in 12 General Schedule or Foreign Service categories that directly involve IT or have a major IT component, such as management and program analysis. The employees ranged from GS-5s to members of the Senior Executive Service, and 87 percent were from cabinet-level agencies.

The survey is a part of a three-part plan to identify the skills, gaps and future needs of agency IT workforces. The CIO Council and OPM plan to finish the other two parts of the plan this spring, the report said.

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