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What skills do feds need to succeed?

What skills are crucial to federal employees? According to Dr. Bill Brantley, HR specialist at the Office of Personnel Management, being tech savvy helps, for starters.

Writing a blog post for GovLoop, Brantley listed the top 10 skills for government workers. While more traditional aptitudes such as collaboration and project management ranked among the top talents, Brantley also included tech-focused skills such as HTML5. 

“Even if you are not a developer, many government leaders (including New York Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg) are learning to program,” he wrote. “Learn HTML5 and CSS3 to develop mobile-friendly websites and to use the new EPUB3 format for electronic documents.”

(I should also add that Brantley is not “just” a fed; he teaches online courses in web development at the University of Louisville and has an IT background.)

We would like to know what skills you readers consider crucial for federal employees. Do you agree with Brantley’s suggestion to become well-versed in computer languages and web development? With fast evolving technology, how do keep your skills current? Is there too much emphasis on government technology, or not enough?


To read Brantley’s complete list on GovLoop, click here.

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Feb 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM


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Reader comments

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

yeah -- we need Feds to code -- give me a break. Feds need to know how to manage requirements, manage projects, and manage contracts to get the coding skills that are relevant from year to year.

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

They need to be able to browse websites. That is the only thing Feds really do.

Tue, Feb 14, 2012 say what? USDA

Please, any programmers that the government has do any meaningful work are contractors. Any one within the OCIO who has an idea is figuratively shot dead. the nerve, thinking freaks.Anyone who can show an efficiency gain unwittingly shows someone else's turf in a bad light, and clearly, predictably, and consistently this crap will NOT be tolerated by management. PERIOD.

Tue, Feb 14, 2012 earth

It depends on how one defines succeed. If you just want to keep a job then 1: get your work done, 2: keep your head down and 3: fight the dullness depression. If you mean get promoted it is the standard clique, bick and stick. Get into the clique, light your bosses cigarettes and stab your coworkers in the back.

As for HTML5, ROTFL, we aren’t allowed to have any program that supports HTML5 on our computers. We recently upgraded to word 2003 and IE7 so we held a celebration for entering the twenty first century, a decade late.
At least they let us use XP, some of our security software runs on 98. Yes we have to retrain new hires in old technology.

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

Sounds pretty stupid. Isn't he really self-promoting his back-up trade?

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