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The Career Program 61 for Historians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals

CP61 Competency Survey Coming!

TO: All Employees in series 170, 1010, 1015, 1016, 1420, 1421 of Career Program 61 (Historians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals)

SUBJECT: Competency Management System (CMS) Participation for all employees in series 170, 1010, 1015,1016,1420,1421


On 29 July you will be able to access an important survey and tell us what competencies are most important in your job. This is an important part of DoD wide initiative being pushed by Congress. Congress and the Department of Defense (DoD) are taking measures to assess competency gaps of the workforce in all occupations to determine the competencies needed in the future.* This will lead to the development of a comprehensive Competency Management System (CMS) for the Army.

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)) is working to build the Army's Human Capital Strategy and CMS is a major part of that effort. The intent is to assess the core competencies and the proficiency levels of the Army's civilian workforce to identify and define the competencies related to our job positions and develop strategies for the future to ensure that any identified "gaps" in proficiency are noted and remedial measures taken. Until we know what our competencies truly are, we will not be able to identify gaps nor be able to work on ways to fill those gaps.

To make CMS work we need your help and your input. Far and away the best approach to getting the necessary input is to ask you, as members of the history, archives, and museum professions for your support. We are asking that you and your leaders complete the CMS data call which will be announced on 29 July. We need maximum participation in order for the results to be valid. Your input to this effort is critical and will provide vital information to help us define competencies and develop strategies to prepare a more ready workforce. It is an important opportunity for all employees and supervisors to make a very real impact on our future workforce and our Career Program.

Thank you in advance for your participation. I look forward to seeing what you've got to say.

Dr. Richard W. Stewart Sincerely,

Richard W. Stewart, Ph.D.
Chief Historian
CP61 Functional Chief Representative