Letter to the editor
As a GS-0334, I was gratified to see the government finally recognize the
need to pay an equitable salary to acquire and retain knowledgeable people
job classification imminent," FCW.com, May 31, 2001].
As a professional, I also realize the need to stay current in my field and
the importance of lifelong learning in attaining that currency. Certification
in my field documents my knowledge, skills and abilities in the same fashion
continuing education units (CEUs) document the skill levels of social workers,
doctors and nurses.
Now the feds are reclassifying the GS-0334 series to GS-2200. Good idea.
Unfortunately, the reclassification does nothing to recognize the higher
skill levels of individuals.
I propose minimum skill levels, documented by certification or education
and required CEUs to maintain that classification.
* The GS-5/7 level could include people with A+ certification, and it would
require six CEUs. [A+ certification is an industry-recognized credential
that certifies the competency of PC service specialists.]
* The GS-9/11 level could be for people with A+ certification, are Microsoft
Certified Professionals or Certified Novell Administrators, or hold a bachelor's
degree in computer science or computer management. This level would require
* At the GS-12/13 level, one would need to be a Microsoft Certified Systems
Engineer, a Certified Novell Engineer or have a master's degree or Ph.D.
in computer science or computer management. This level would require 18
I believe this would go a long way in creating and maintaining that professional,
knowledgeable work force we will require in the years to come.
Department of Veterans Affairs