OPM releases new IT job family

OPM memo about the new job family

The Office of Personnel Management has released a new job family that it created to cover information technology workers in government.

OPM last night issued for official use the new GS-2200 job family for administrative work in the information technology group, a move that reflects the growing importance and use of automation and IT, the agency said.

The family consists of one job series called the IT management series (GS-2210), which replaces the existing computer specialist series (GS-334). Employees in the new GS-2210 series will be called IT specialists and new "parenthetical specialty titles" will help agencies further define the job function that these workers perform.

Agencies will reclassify any computer specialist (GS-334) under the new IT management series (GS-2210). They also could reclassify other employees who may be performing IT work but are not part of the computer specialist series.

For instance, telecommunications workers (GS-391) may be reclassified when "knowledge of information technology as defined in this standard is the paramount requirement necessary to perform the primary duties of the position," OPM said.

As for employees in other series, they can be reclassified when "knowledge of IT principles, concepts and methods is paramount."

Support-type positions such as those in the computer clerk and assistant series (GS-335) are not covered by the new GS-2210 series, OPM said.

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