Federal Manager's Daily Report

OPM has announced an initiative to collect data on competencies needed in federal occupations, which will support “a wide variety of human capital activities, including job design, recruitment, selection, performance management, training, and career development.”

The “federal workforce competency initiative” will update and build on so-called MOSAIC (an acronym for multipurpose occupational systems analysis inventory—closed-ended) studies which have been the basis for governmentwide competency models since the 1990s.


“This centralized data collection approach offers efficiencies and cost savings to agencies by having OPM collect job analysis data once and eliminating the need for single agency studies,” it said.

The effort initially will include a survey to be sent late this month to a random sample of employees and supervisors in more than 350 occupational series focusing on general competencies and tasks that are relevant across many federal jobs. Later phases will focus on technical competencies for specific job families.

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