The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a Memo to provide guidance that will help Federal departments and agencies pinpoint their cybersecurity workforce’s most critical skill shortages. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015 and OPM’s recent guidance seek to align the strategic management of the Federal cybersecurity workforce to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework.
OPM’s “Guidance for Identifying, Addressing, and Reporting Cybersecurity Work Roles of Critical Need” has been developed to assist agencies with identifying and coding Federal positions performing information technology, cybersecurity or other cyber-related functions. The position coding is based on the work roles described in the NICE Framework. Agencies must then determine the work roles of critical need in their workforce.