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Exclusive interview: John Sherman on joining DOD as deputy CIO

Just months into his new job as principal deputy CIO of the Department of Defense, John Sherman joined FedScoop's Let's Talk About IT podcast to detail his transition into the No.2 Pentagon IT role. In the new episode, Sherman shares his early priorities, discusses the DOD’s move toward cloud and artificial intelligence, and highlights the department’s sustained efforts around telework. Listen now.

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Inside DOD's upcoming data strategy

Meanwhile, new Pentagon Chief Data Officer Dave Spirk is set to soon roll out a data strategy for the Department of Defense. At Informatica's Data in Action Summit, Spirk spoke broadly about the strategy, which will support a “joint warfighting” approach to data collection, management and use, where the military branches will work in unison with data across the DOD enterprise. “We are beginning to put the pieces in place that allow us to recognize that full future where people are not fearful of sharing their data but rather are rewarded,” Spirk said. Jackson Barnett has more from Spirk.

Industry aids NSF AI expansion

As the National Science Foundation looks to expand its Artificial Intelligence Institutes, it's looking to industry to help move quickly. Accenture, Amazon, Google and Intel committed to help put more than $160 million toward the second round of institutes, making growing the network a multi-sector endeavor. Leaders of the NSF program spoke with FedScoop about what's coming in 2021 as it solicits eight new institutes. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

Trump administration releases data skills catalog, ethics framework

The Trump administration recently issued a set of draft documents that will help guide agencies in developing functional roles that deal with data and helping guide those leaders in how to manage and use that data ethically. Wednesday at Informatica's Data in Action Summit, Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat detailed the release of a curated data skills catalog and a data ethics framework, both of which are for public comment. The skills catalog is meant to "help agencies develop competencies for managing data as a strategic asset and making data-driven decisions,” she said, while the ethics framework will help "guide the ethical management and the use of data throughout the entire data lifecycle, from creation all the way through the use of it, and ongoing.” More from Billy Mitchell.

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