recommended reading

CIO Council to agency IT shops: Get smart on social media and open government


This story has been updated.

Every federal agency’s information technology shop should include workers with expertise in social media, open government and cloud computing. That's according to new guidance from the federal Chief Information Officers Council.

The updated Clinger-Cohen Core Competencies and Learning Objectives released by the council Thursday said university courses and training programs aimed at preparing IT professionals for government service should include information about those fields.

The document also includes new “competencies” in IT governance, IT program management leadership, vendor management and cybersecurity and information assurance strategies and plans.

The CIO council updates its list of core competencies every two years to keep training and hiring priorities up to date with new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and with new technology challenges facing government. Several updates in this round were spurred by the federal digital strategy launched by federal CIO Steven VanRoekel in May, according to a blog post.

“Federal chief information officers should ensure that the knowledge, skills and abilities represented in each competency in this document are resident within their organization for overall staff productivity,” the document said.

The core competencies are used by the CIO University Consortium, a collection of graduate schools that offer programs for aspiring or current federal technology workers and that map their offerings to the competencies document.  

The new social media competency urges trainers to discuss the pros and cons of allowing widespread use of social media at agencies. Trainers should also cover how to use social media in a professional manner and how social media is changing collaboration in government.

The new IT governance competency focuses on ensuring that IT and technology staff are playing a vital role in fulfilling agencies’ missions.

The 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act established the modern system of agency chief information officers. 

(Image via sheelamohanachandran2010/ /

Threatwatch Alert

Stolen laptop

3.7M Hong Kong Voters' Personal Data Stolen

See threatwatch report


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.