The Office of Personnel Management has established a formal career path for information technology program managers and IT project managers, according to a recent memo.
In a memo last month, OPM encouragesd agencies to use the new title as soon as possible “to recruit, select and develop a cadre of high-performing IT program managers,” the memo said. Agencies have a year to align their standards with those provided by OPM.
Under the administration’s IT reform plan, OPM was charged with designing a career path by this month.
According to OPM’s definitions, a program manager is responsible for managing one or more major, multi-year IT initiatives and is accountable for the overall success of the program. An IT project manager directly manages a project to provide a unique service of product. Both are included in the IT management series. Agencies have a year to align their standards with those provided by OPM’s.