CIO Council updates Clinger-Cohen Core Competencies

The CIO Council has released an updated version of the Clinger-Cohen Core Competencies and Learning Objectives document.

The document is used as the foundation for information technology curriculum development throughout the federal government as well as the development and implementation of IT workforce policy initiatives.

According to Environmental Protection Agency Chief Information Officer Malcolm Jackson, who announced the updates with a blog post on, learning objectives form the foundation for curriculum development by the educational institutions offering approved programs under the CIO University Consortium umbrella.

Jackson said new competencies were added for IT governance, IT program management leadership, vendor management, cybersecurity/information assurance strategies and plans, social media, cloud computing, open government, information collection, and information accessibility. Administratively, references were updated and summarized in a separate appendix and language was streamlined in accordance with the Plain Writing Act of 2010.


The document was updated following a collaborative review process that included 12 federal agencies, representatives from the CIO University Consortium and members of the Industry Advisory Council.

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