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CIO Council finds IT workers lack necessary skills

Few federal workers said they have extensive experience in IT security, records management, privacy, e-government and enterprise architecture. And the gaps in these skills are leading the CIO Council to begin working with the Office of Personnel Management and others to hire, train and overall improve the IT workforce. The council found in its 2003 Clinger-Cohen Assessment Survey, released Friday, that just under 15 percent of the more than 19,000 federal IT workers questioned said they have extensive knowledge of cybersecurity. In other areas such as e-government, the number was just under 5 percent and for enterprise architecture the number was just over 6 percent. “Based on self-assessments, competency proficiencies were rated higher than skill proficiencies,” the report said. “This could reflect that the workforce, in general, is equipped to handle complex jobs without the need to understand how a particular technology works.” Full Story

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