OPM presents its new Cyber ​​Workforce Dashboard

The Office of Personnel Management plans to launch a Federal Cyber ​​Workforce Dashboard to provide agencies with a better tool to meet workforce needs, according to a demonstration of the proposed dashboard during a National Institute of Standards and Technology webinar on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the OPM said Nextgov The Cyber ​​Workforce Data Dashboard is a new tool that will have two versions: a public version looking at government-wide data and an agency-specific version – where each agency will have a view more detailed – to help meet their labor needs. The spokesperson added that the OPM showed the dashboard to stakeholders in the cyber workforce community, such as the Office of the National Cyber ​​Director and the Office of Management and Budget.

“Currently, the Cyber ​​Workforce Dashboard is under development and due to the sensitivity of the data, the OPM is deliberating on what data can be made public. And at this time, no release date has not been set,” said Sarah Brickner, program analyst for OPM’s employee services, strategic workforce planning, forecasting and methods team, which made the demonstration of the dashboard.

The dashboard was originally slated for public release in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, but it’s unclear whether it will meet that initial timeline as the agency is still working on resolving privacy issues. Once published, the dashboard will be available on OPM’s data products page.

For the presentation, OPM has used theoretical data or hypothetical figures which replace the actual information. However, the actual data will come from data from the Enterprise Human Resources Integration Statistical Data Warehouse, or EHRI-SDM, which comes from agency human resources systems, as well as survey data.

The dashboard will use onboarding data to capture a single point in time and dynamic data to illustrate hiring and leaving information, such as a retirement or other departure, throughout exercise. Both sets of data will have a few months delay before populating in the dashboard.

Users will also have the ability to compare the cyber workforce to the government-wide workforce based on demographics such as age, education, and gender.

“At the moment, we only have gender, age, and education,” Brickner said. “We had others in our previous dashboard. We had race and ethnicity, we had veteran status and disability. But our privacy team at OPM felt that to protect our employees’ privacy, we needed to remove it.

Brickner says combining this demographic data with information already available in FedScope — the agency’s comprehensive federal workforce data dashboard — would have allowed users to identify individual workers at certain agencies. .

As an added layer of privacy protection, if a field in the Cyber ​​Workforce Dashboard contains 10 or fewer people, that information will be withheld, according to Brickner. For confidentiality reasons, the data will be displayed as percentages and not as numbers.

Brickner added that the education data used in the dashboard is as good as the data received by the OPM, noting that some agencies may only have education data from the time of the report. hiring and may not have updated them if the worker has obtained an additional degree. In addition, accreditation data was deemed insufficiently reliable to be included.

Users will be able to search for statistics by job role, and other filters and features will be able to provide data such as retirement eligibility, demographics, and occupations.

However, the dashboard does not compare the demographics of the federal cyber workforce to that of the general population, due to differences in definitions that would make it an apples-to-oranges comparison.

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