DOD is implementing a Pilot Program known as the Information Technology Exchange Program (ITEP) to promote the interchange of DOD and private sector IT professionals to enhance skills and competencies.
ITEP was authorized by the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. The ITEP Pilot permits DOD to assign information technology civilian employees to private sector organizations and to accept information technology employees from the private sector.
The Pilot is envisioned to promote the interchange of DOD and private sector IT professionals to enhance skills and competencies. Given the changing workforce dynamics in the IT field, DOD is trying to keep pace with the changes in technology.
The personnel assignments will be from three months to one year in length. The first opportunities range from work regarding mobile devices to cloud computing and infrastructure management with DOD.
To date, one private sector candidate has been successfully placed and completed a 6 month ITEP assignment with the DOD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Two additional private sector candidates have been identified for ITEP assignments and the details of these assignments are currently being worked on with the respective sponsoring organizations. DOD anticipates that both candidates will be onboard in DOD in the third quarter of FY 2012.
For more information, go to the June 20th issue of the Federal Register or email firstname.lastname@example.org.