OPM Asks Federal Agencies to Take Stock of Cyber Skills Needs

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US office of personnel managementThe Office of Personnel Management plans to compile an inter-agency database of cybersecurity experts to help identify the government’s future skillset needs, NextGov reported Wednesday.

Brittany Ballenstedt writes OPM Acting Director Elaine Kaplan has distributed a memorandum calling on federal agencies to update their lists to reflect new work definitions in cybersecurity.

“This particular work function has extensively changed over the last decade, and these revisions provide consistency and a common language in describing the skill sets needed to perform the work successfully,” Kaplan said in the memo.

The results will be consolidated into a new data warehouse intended to reduce the federal skills gap, specifically in the information technology management and computer specialist positions.

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