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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


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)


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


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 (cont’d)

  • 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) (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 (cont’d)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 (cont’d)

  • 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 (cont’d)

  • 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: (cont’d)

  • 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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