OPM to survey agencies on draft IT job profiles
- By Colleen O'Hara
- May 16, 2000
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The Office of Personnel Management plans to survey agencies
next month to find out their opinions on proposed changes to information
technology job profiles.
The survey will be used to validate the IT job profile model that describes
specific qualifications such as strategic thinking and computer languages,
required by employees in the GS-334 computer specialist and GS-391 telecommunications
series of jobs. The new profiles are an effort to provide a clear picture
of what a job requires and how it will be measured.
The survey will ask agencies to rate the competencies in terms of how
important they are and how they relate to job tasks, said Ernie Paskey,
a research psychologist at OPM who spoke last week at the Trail Boss conference
The survey is part of OPM's IT occupational study, which the agency
will use to provide more detailed job information that can be used for a
broad range of human resources functions, including recruitment and selection.
Meanwhile, the agency is conducting a pilot to test the competency-based
job profiles. It is also testing out new specialty titles, such as network
services and information security, which more accurately describe IT work
performed by the GS-334 computer specialist and GS-391 telecommunications
series of jobs.
Data from the IT occupational study in combination with the pilot evaluation
data will be used to revise and finalize the specialty titles and job profiles
for governmentwide use.