PAB initiates and oversees activities related to the professional activities of practitioners engaged in disciplines such as computer engineering, computer science, information technology, information systems, and software engineering.
It is responsible for creating and maintaining the widely recognized Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), which has just had V3.0 released. The SWEBOK forms the basis of the Software Engineering Competency Model (currently under development), which aims to provide a common international language for describing competencies from organization to organization. One goal of this effort is to steer discussion of competencies (or skills) away from simple references to acquaintance with a specific tool or language and towards discussion of those abilities found in truly competent professionals.
Similarly, I chair a subcommittee (PAB-IT) that, using our Model of a Profession (http://www.computer.org/portal/web/pab/it), is currently developing an Enterprise IT (or ICT) BOK, to be accompanied by a competency model consistent with the internationally –recognized Skills Framework for the Information Age. We have drafted a Framework document and shared it with reviewers in the US, Asia, Latin America and Europe, and hope to have a draft of the EITBOK itself for review this coming winter. We are working with the SFIA Foundation and SFIA Council to assure alignment of our models, and are coordinating with the European community on their European e-Competence Framework (e-CF).