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CIO Council recommends IT workforce improvements

Recruiting and hiring talent is the most concerning aspect of building out the future federal IT workforce, according to a new report from the Federal CIO Council. The “Future of the Federal IT Workforce Update” report offers several recommendations for how federal IT hiring can be improved to attract the next generation of talent. Namely, it points to “creating common competency-based position descriptions; recruiting through commercial platforms, job fairs, and hackathons; using a [subject matter expert]-based assessment process; and leveraging direct hiring authorities.” Billy Mitchell has more from the report.

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CDO Council has a new leader

The Federal Chief Data Officers Council has its first chair. Ted Kaouk, CDO of the Department of Agriculture, will chair the council as it works to improve agencies’ collection and use of data, the Office of Management and Budget announced Wednesday. “The CDO Council can and should develop processes for capturing high-value shared opportunities and best practices while recognizing organizational differences and challenges,” Kaouk said in an announcement. “We will need to leverage the collective wisdom of everyone on the council for this foundational work.” Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

Pandemic could worsen 2020 census IT, cybersecurity challenges

The timeline for the 2020 census has been upended by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The concern is that this may exacerbate existing IT and cybersecurity challenges the 2020 census faces, requiring even greater attention to technical challenges as the Census Bureau looks to complete the survey, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. In particular, data quality is a concern for the Census Bureau. "The delays to key operations could adversely impact downstream operations, undermine the overall quality of the count, and escalate census costs," the report says. Dave has the report.

Army teaming unmanned systems together

The Army wants to team up its different unmanned systems using artificial intelligence-enabled data sharing. Army Futures Command's top general, John “Mike” Murray, said Wednesday that pairing multiple unmanned systems together “is key," with a goal to get systems like flying drones and autonomous ground vehicles “talking to each other." Jackson Barnett has the story.


The key to organizing data for faster decision-making

While the Federal Data Strategy is a useful framework, agencies will need robust integration tools to master, not just manage, that information, say data experts. That includes automated tools that fully identify and catalog government data so agency and program leaders have greater assurance about the quality of the information they rely on to make decisions. Read more insights in the report.

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