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Federal CIO Council Releases ‘Future of the Federal IT Workforce Update’

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A new Federal CIO Council report provides 10 recommendations on how agencies can improve the hiring process and develop the future information technology workforce.

The report titled Future of the Federal IT Workforce Update suggests the development of a governmentwide special pay system for the IT workforce, transition to a competency-based classification model for all IT positions, creation of interdisciplinary procurement teams and expansion of existing pilot programs to enhance recruitment efforts.

The document calls for agencies to redesign the IT recruiting and hiring processes to attract talent, make federal IT career paths more attractive to the future workforce, enhance recognition for innovators and top performers in federal IT, compare the effectiveness of workforce initiatives with industry, boost adoption of intragovernmental augmentation offerings and employ more technical subject matter experts.

The report is organized around five primary issue areas – recruiting, retaining, reskilling, measuring and augmenting IT talent – that serve as critical steps needed to build the future IT workforce. The council examined each of the five areas in light of five factors or drivers impacting the federal IT workforce: innovation, mobility, cybersecurity, collaboration and agility.

The update is based on interviews conducted by the council with nearly two dozen agency chief information officers, chief human capital officers, IT innovators, industry executives and other experts.