Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (4/16/2021) - OPM has launched a Government-wide initiative to update job competency models. If you are contacted, please participate! The information provided from agencies across the Government will provide updated information on the competencies that are needed in different job series. Job competency data is used for a wide variety of human-capital activities including job design, classification, recruitment, selection, performance management, training, and career development. OPM is updating the models of more than 350 job series. DOI is supporting this initiative and will be able to leverage the findings from this Government-wide analysis. A competency is a measurable pattern of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics that an individual needs to perform work successfully. Competencies are used to assess candidates for a job, measure and manage employee performance, workforce planning, and employee training and development. Below you will find Department-wide competency models for several occupations, interpretive guidance on how to use the models to inform personnel practices, OPM's Government-wide competency models, and a competency dictionary with definitions for over 300 general and technical competencies. Department-Wide Competency Models The Office of Human Capital develops competency models for mission-critical occupations across the Department. These models are the foundation for a variety of personnel management functions, including assessment and selection. Completed competency models include the following series: Gs 0023 Outdoor Rec Competency Model Final 508compliant [pdf] Gs 0028 Enviro Protec Spec Competency Model Final 508compliant [pdf] GS-0080 Security Administration Gs 0083 Police Competency Model Final [pdf] GS-0085 Security Guard Gs 0090 Guide Competency Model Final 508compliant [pdf] GS-0201 Human Resources Management GS-0203 Human Resources Assistance GS-0260 Equal Employment Opportunity GS-0401 Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Gs 0404 Biological Science Technician Competency Model Final [pdf] GS-0408 Ecology GS-0430 Botany GS-0454 Rangeland Management GS-0460 Forestry GS-0480 Fish and Wildlife Administration GS-0482 Fish Biology GS-0485 Wildlife Refuge Management GS-0486 Wildlife Biology GS-0499 Biological Sciences Student Trainee GS-0501 Financial Administration GS-0510 Accounting GS-0511 Auditing GS-0525 Accounting Technician GS-0560 Budget Analysis GS-0801 General Engineering Gs 0802 Engineering Tech Competency Model Final [pdf] GS-0810 Civil Engineering GS-0819 Environmental Engineering GS-0830 Mechanical Engineering GS-0850 Electrical Engineering GS-0880 Mining Engineering GS-0881 Petroleum Engineering GS-0899 Architecture and Engineering Student Trainee GS-1101 General Business and Industry GS-1102 Contracting GS-1109 Grants Management GS-1170 Realty GS-1171 Appraising GS-1301 General Physical Science GS-1311 Physical Science Technician GS-1313 Geophysics GS-1315 Hydrology GS-1316 Hydrologic Technician GS-1320 Chemistry GS-1350 Geology GS-1360 Oceanography GS-1370 Cartography GS-1371 Cartographic Technician GS-1373 Land Surveying GS-1399 Physical Science Student Trainee Gs 1801 General Inspection Competency Model Final [pdf] Gs 1811 Criminal Investigation Competency Model Final [pdf] GS-2210 Information Technology Management Supervisory Resources: Competency Model Interpretive Guidance - information on using the competency models Competency Dictionary Jan 2023_508 Compliant [pdf] (January 2023) - definitions of over 400 general and technical competencies OPM Government-Wide Competency Models The U.S. Office of Personnel Management develops competency models for use across the human capital lifecycle, including assessment and selection, for a variety of Federal occupational series and roles. These models (available for download below) include the following: Occupational Series (Models in parentheses) GS-0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management (Law Enforcement) GS-0019 Safety Technician (Law Enforcement) GS-0083 Police (Law Enforcement) GS-0132 Intelligence (Law Enforcement) GS-0340 Program Management GS-0360 Equal Opportunity Compliance (Law Enforcement) GS-0505 Financial Management (Financial Management) GS-1109 Grants Management (Grants Management) GS-1801 General Inspection, Investigation, and Compliance (Law Enforcement) GS-1810 General Investigating (Law Enforcement) GS-1811 Criminal Investigating (Law Enforcement) Roles (Models in parentheses) Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity) Information Technology Program Management (IT Program Management) Performance Improvement Officer (GPRA) Performance Improvement Staff (GPRA) Goal Leader (GPRA) Program and Project Managers (PMIAA) View the "Navigating OPM Competency Models" one-pager for more information on how to use these models. Did you know? OPM's Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are available on their website. The five core qualifications (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, and Building Coalitions) consist of several competencies that define the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for success in leadership positions throughout the Federal Government. The ECQs are used by many agencies for selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. Additional Competency Resources: The National Institute for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) maintains a cybersecurity workforce framework, which establishes an industry standard for categorization and common terminology to describe cybersecurity work. It is a great resource if you need a very comprehensive and detailed description of the technical knowledge, skills, abilities, and tasks associated with cybersecurity roles. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains a robust competency dictionary, complete with behavioral examples. IBC also has a competency dictionary as well as competencies identified for 3 dozen occupations.