OPM is sending a survey to assess skills of agency HR workforces as part of a broader effort to identify skills gaps government-wide.
“Developing the competency model for the Human Resources Management (HRM) 0201 Series is a key step towards ensuring federal agencies can find, recruit, and hire skilled employees to accomplish human resources duties,” said a memo to agencies, noting that “strategic management of human capital” has been on GAO’s high-risk list since 2001.
Employees in that series at grades GS-5 to -15 or equivalent, as well as those who supervise them, will receive an email with the “job analysis survey” asking questions about their current job, including occupational series, grade, and agency, asking them to rate competencies required to perform the job, and more.
OPM said it will analyze the results and use them to “inform federal human resources policy and certification; assist employees in career development and training; and help organizations with workforce planning, selection, and performance management. Ratings from employees and supervisors will be used to improve/close critical skills gaps for human resources management professionals governmentwide.”
The memo adds: “In any public release of survey results, no data will be disclosed that could be used to identify specific individuals . . . Agencies will not receive data by subgroups that could be used to identify a specific individual or a person’s specific response to a survey question.”