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Information Reqest for 12 Occupational Series

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
MEMORANDUM FOR: 
Chief Human Capital Officers
From: 
John Berry, Director
Subject: 
Information Reqest for 12 Occupational Series

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will be conducting surveys of 12 occupational series to identify the tasks performed and the related competencies. This large-scale initiative will identify the critical elements of success for the covered workforce ensuring selection, development, and performance management programs are based on current, job-related information. The series covered by the study are:

0080 - Security Administration
0501 - Financial Administration and Program
0201 - Human Resource Management
0510 - Accounting
0203 - Human Resource Assistance
0560 - Budget Analysis
0303 - Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant
0962 - Contract Representative
0318 - Secretary
1102 - Contracting
0343 - Management and Program Analysis
2210 - Information Technology Management

Employees in these 12 occupations and supervisors of these jobs will be surveyed to collect job information. In addition to career-specific task data, the surveys will request details about the respondents (e.g., series, grade). The individuals' responses will be confidential, and only group data will be reported.

Because these occupations are found in agencies throughout the Federal Government, it is not possible to obtain contact information for incumbents and supervisors through a centralized system. We request your assistance in ensuring that an adequate sample of incumbents and supervisors provide input to this important project. At this time, we ask you to identify an agency point of contact (POC) who will assist us in communicating with potential survey participants. Please send the name of your designated POC to competency@opm.gov by August 3,2010.

The survey process is scheduled to begin no later than September 20, 2010, and continue for approximately three weeks. The surveys will be conducted via an internet, web-based application and will require less than one hour for completion. Participants will receive a link to the online survey that has been embedded in an email (i.e., they will receive a Unifonm Resource Locator (URL) to link them to the online survey). As we move forward, we may need assistance in locating supervisors to participate in workshops to further refine our understanding of the data.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Joanne Papinchock at (202) 606-3600 or send an email to joanne.papinchock@opm.gov.

cc: Human Resources Directors