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Performance Institute - July 20, 2001. Recruiting & Retaining Top IT Talent for Your Agency. Dagne Fulcher, IT Workforce Improvement U.S. Department of the Treasury. IT Job Growth Has Been Strong. 1987-1997.

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performance institute july 20 2001

Performance Institute - July 20, 2001

Recruiting & Retaining Top IT Talent for Your Agency

Dagne Fulcher, IT Workforce Improvement

U.S. Department of the Treasury

slide2

IT Job Growth Has Been Strong

1987-1997

177% Employment Growth for Systems Analysts, Computer Engineers and Computer Scientist Jobs

VS.

12% Employment Growth for All Jobs!

(U.S. Department of Commerce)

the market is hot four fastest growing jobs in the u s 1998 2008
The Market is HotFour Fastest Growing Jobs in the U.S. 1998 - 2008

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

slide4

America Will Need 1.3 Million

New Core IT Workers by 2006

New jobs

3,000

Net replacements

Job

}

1996 base year

2,500

Openings

employment

1,134

Due to

2,000

Growth

1,500

and

244

(in thousands)

Net

1,000

1,501

Replacements

1,257

500

0

1996

2006

(U.S. Department of Commerce)

the skill set is changing
The Skill Set is Changing
  • Fewer Unique Custom Applications
  • More HW/SW Platform Consistency
  • Allegiance to Technical Specialty vs. Employer
  • Equals =
    • Greater Opportunity for Movement
a challenge to federal it workforce stability

80000

70000

4,660

60000

32,315

50000

New Jobs

40000

Net Replacements

66,660

Base Employment

30000

20000

34,345

10000

0

1997

2006

A Challenge to Federal IT Workforce Stability

(U.S. Office of Personnel Management)

the treasury department workforce picture 1999
The Treasury Department Workforce Picture 1999
  • Average IT Employee is 44+
  • 22% of IT Staff and 45% of Top Mgmt. Eligible for Retirement within 5 years
  • External Hires Down from 2 in 3 to 1 in 8
  • Turnover Rate = 6 to 9%
the treasury department workforce picture 2000
The Treasury Department Workforce Picture 2000
  • Average Age Increased from 44+ to 45+
  • IT Workforce Grew 5 Times Faster than the Overall Treasury Workforce (10/98-12/99)
  • 70% of IT Workforce Growth from Employees Over 50
  • 77% of Hires from within the Federal Workforce
meeting the federal it workforce challenge
Meeting the Federal IT Workforce Challenge
  • Federal CIO Council Established IT Workforce Committee
  • Federal IT Workforce Challenge Study Initiated
meeting the federal it workforce challenge1
Meeting the Federal IT Workforce Challenge
  • Report Issued July 1999
    • CIO Council website - www.cio.gov
    • Workforce Documents
  • Implementation Plan - September 2000
  • Update - March 2001
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The Workforce Challenge: The Federal CIO Council

  • PLOWING THE FIELD:
  • Info/outreach campaign to encourage IT careers
  • IT Career Academy/HS
  • Federal participation in skills alliances
  • Federal Cyber Service

SUSTAINING GROWTH:

OPM/CIO partnering…specific pay/occupational standards

  • FERTILIZING THE FIELD:
  • CIO University/STAR
  • Upgrade of IT skills/Best Practices
  • Knowledge Management
  • Government Industry Exchange

HARVEST:

An effective and efficient IT workforce supporting the working mission

  • SEEDING THE FIELD:
  • Limited critical need hire authority
  • Recruitment from non-traditional labor pool
  • Scholarship/intern program to promising IT students
  • Pay and Occupational restructuring

FARMING:

Establish continuing workforce planning

Enriching the IM/IT Value Chain

modernizing the structure of federal it jobs
Modernizing the Structure of Federal IT Jobs
  • Description: Create IT job categories that better correspond to private sector jobs by having clearer announcements, competency based recruiting, better measures of hot skills areas, and getting managers involved in recruitment.
  • Approach: Pilot Study
  • Status: Underway
  • Target Date: Summer 2001
status modernizing the structure of federal it jobs cont d
Status: Modernizing the Structure of Federal IT Jobs (cont’d)
  • Description: Create job classification standards that reward technical proficiency by allowing more non-supervisors to rise in rank, and reward technical talent
  • Approach: OPM Survey of Agencies
  • Status: Final Standards Published
  • Target Date: June 2001
pay federal it workers competitive rates
Pay Federal IT Workers Competitive Rates
  • Description:OPM Special Rate Study – Works within current general schedule structure to research establishing special rate schedules for categories of IT workers.
  • Approach: Survey of All Federal Agencies
  • Status: Implemented
  • Date: January 14, 2001
pay federal it workers competitive rates cont d
Pay Federal IT Workers Competitive Rates (cont’d)
  • Description:Comparative IT Pay System Study – National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) will be making recommendations on how the government can best compete for IT talent.
  • Approach: Non-Partisan Independent Study
  • Status: Contract Awarded - Work Underway
  • Target Date: Summer 2001
improve workforce planning
Improve Workforce Planning
  • Description: Anticipate workforce talent drain and provide tools and techniques for workforce planning
  • Goal: Provide Model and System for Government-wide use by September 30, 2002
  • Approach: Development of Workforce Tools for Agencies
  • Status: SAS Developing Tools for OPM
  • Target Date: Sept 2002
improve recruitment strategies
Improve Recruitment Strategies
  • Description: Encourage use of existing hiring flexibilities, such as:
    • Recruitment and retention bonuses:
    • Broaden recruitment efforts to all qualified candidates
    • Encourage student intern and co-op programs -- partnership with the National Academy Foundation
    • Promote the CIAO Cyber Service Initiative
  • Approach: Council Publicity and Encouragement
  • Status: Ongoing
focus on career development
Focus on Career Development
  • Promoting upgrading skills through increase use of training technology (E.O. 13111)
  • Promoting “Road Maps” which motivates employees by describing the road to advancement
  • Supporting STAR and CIO University efforts
  • IT Executive Exchange Program
  • Mentoring
resources
Resources:
  • GSA:CIO University, STAR Program, 1000 X 2000 Program: www.gsa.gov
  • National Defense University’s IRM College: www.ndu.edu/irmc
  • Council for Excellence in Government: New E-Gov Fellows Program: www.excelgov.org
  • OPM’s USA JOBS: www.usajobs.opm.gov
  • FirstGov - Learning and Jobs: www.firstgov.gov
  • Department of Commerce website: www.go4IT.gov
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