TheÂ Office of Personnel Management has released new guidance that aims to helpÂ agenciesÂ applyÂ updated procedures onÂ assigning job codes to cybersecurity positions.
The guidance published WednesdayÂ seeks to alignÂ with the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment ActÂ that requires OPM to create procedures toÂ help agencies applyÂ the coding structure within the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s cybersecurity workforce framework.
Federal agencies should establish proceduresÂ to identify and code filled and vacant civilian positions related to information technology, cybersecurity and other cyber functions three months within the memorandum’s publication.
The Act requires agencies to complete job coding work a year afterÂ procedures are established.
The guidance states agencies should useÂ the Federal Cybersecurity Coding Structure to find appropriate codes while chief information officer staffers, managers and human resources personnel should work together to identify and assign codes to IT and cyber-relatedÂ roles.
Agencies should designateÂ Cybersecurity Data Standard Code “000” to positions that do not perform IT or cyberÂ duties while Cybersecurity Data Standard CodesÂ “100” through “999” must be assigned to positions with such functions.
Coded position descriptionsÂ for encumbered jobs must be submitted to the Enterprise Human Resources Integration data warehouse where OPM can receive the data.
Agencies will be required to report vacant positions by Cybersecurity Data Standard Codes in the next two years to helpÂ OPM trackÂ cybersecurity vacancies across the government.
Coding data is meant to help agencies and federal government determine and address recruitment, training, development and skill requirements of the cyber workforce, according to the guidance.