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GAO: Most Agencies Should Fully Implement IT Workforce Planning Recommendations

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The Government Accountability Office released a report on Wednesday stating that 18 out of 24 federal agencies are yet to fully implement the watchdog’s framework for addressing information technology workforce challenges.

GAO found that most agencies reported progress in assessing skills gaps and staffing issues but failed to implement five other critical workforce planning activities. The agencies cited competing priorities and limited resources as reasons for not fully implementing the GAO-recommended practices.

“Until agencies make it a priority to fully implement all key IT workforce planning activities, they will likely have difficulty anticipating and responding to changing staffing needs and controlling human capital risks when developing, implementing, and operating critical IT systems,” according to GAO.

The watchdog noted that it made the same recommendations to three-quarters of the federal agencies in 2016 and 2018.