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GAO: Federal Agencies Struggle to Properly Categorize IT, Cyber Roles

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The Government Accountability Office released a report Tuesday stating that 22 out of the 24 agencies it reviewed did not properly identify information technology roles within the Office of Personnel Management’s GS-2210 occupational series.

GAO reviewed 24 federal agencies that assigned IT, cybersecurity and cyber-related roles in compliance with the 2015 Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, which requires these agencies to identify critical IT positions by 2019 and submit a preliminary report to OPM by August 2018. The agencies under review cited information systems security manager, IT project manager and systems security analyst as the top three roles of critical importance.

The government watchdog found that 22 of those agencies assigned a non-IT work code to 15,779 or around 19 percent of their IT roles under the OPM 2210 series. Six of the 24 agencies reported that some of their vacant positions still do not have work role codes despite the OPM’s August 2018 deadline.

“By assigning work roles that are inconsistent with the IT, cybersecurity, and cyber-related positions, the agencies are diminishing the reliability of the information they need to improve workforce planning,” the report stated.

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