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Jobs available to reskilling graduates

The Trump administration is making progress placing graduates of the Federal Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy in jobs, Federal CIO Suzette Kent announced Wednesday. A "third" of those graduates have taken new roles in cybersecurity or have augmented their current jobs to take advantage of their new cyber skills. The Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel Management also came out with new cybersecurity detail jobs Wednesday as opportunities for federal employees who’ve completed the reskilling program to earn more experience in cybersecurity. This comes after the first reskilling cohorts have struggled to place participants in full-time cybersecurity roles. "We've been very open with that we had an idea, we wanted to prove it, we proved the things we wanted to prove," Kent said Wednesday at FedScoop's IT Modernization Summit. "But what we learned from that experiment was we need more support in actually getting individuals into the roles." Billy Mitchell has the story.

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Can AI solve the coronavirus?

The White House wants to tackle the coronavirus pandemic using artificial intelligence and other technological innovations. The Office of Science and Technology Policy led a call Wednesday morning with industry to discuss how companies might aid agencies’ response to the virus. During the call, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios demonstrated a new database of full-text scientific publications on the new coronavirus to companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft. “It’s about making sure we can collectively take advantage of all the good ideas the tech industry has, but it also helps the agencies to have a process for presenting a challenge that we have — an idea that we have that we would love to have help with,” Lynne Parker, deputy U.S. CTO, told FedScoop. “Then the tech industry can sort of coalesce around particular solutions.” Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

Decoupling DOD's hardware and software

Peter Ranks, deputy CIO for information enterprise at the Pentagon, called Wednesday for the decoupling of software and hardware development in the Department of Defense. This will allow DOD to update the capabilities of its systems faster, he said at the IT Modernization Summit. Ranks discussed this all in the context of the new “Joint All Domain Operations” doctrine being developed by the department to link operations across the military and the domains of air, land, sea, cyber and space. “We are going to need software to glue those things together,” he said, adding that the ability to maneuver across domains seamlessly and quickly will keep the U.S. ahead of its adversaries on the battlefield. “We can’t count on advantage from the overwhelming superiority of one platform,” Ranks said of weapons systems and other hardware the DOD uses in warfare. Adversaries’ tools "are going to be as good as our tools." Jackson Barnett spoke with Ranks after his speech.

VA's hospital of the future

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently got its first "5G hospital," and now it's looking to expand the use of emerging technology at the Silicon Valley medical facility to give doctors and patients a more in-depth understanding of medical procedures and conditions. Project Convergence is a public-private partnership that includes 5G wireless connectivity from Verizon, augmented reality visualization software from Medivis and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset. The program will bring “science fiction to life” with augmented reality, Thomas Osborne, director of the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation at the VA, told FedScoop. “It opens doors to things we could only imagine before,” he said. Jackson spoke with Osborne.

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