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USDS wants to fix the ‘black hole’ USAJOBS with alternative hiring assessment

It's one of the most common refrains heard around federal agencies in Washington: Hiring talented, qualified personnel is too hard and takes too long. USDS, however, wants to fix the "black hole" that is USAJOBS by using an alternative, underused hiring assessment, according to "bureaucracy hacker" Stephanie Grosser. The White House's digital swat team held pilots with HHS and the National Park Service replacing USAJOBS's standard self-assessment model with a pass-fail assessment of IT job applicants against job requirements. As a result, both agencies filled their job openings much more quickly. Dave Nyczepir has more on the USDS pilots.

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CyberTalks 2019 is here

The marquee event of DC CyberWeek takes place today at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, with several top federal officials among the headlining speakers. Federal CIO Suzette Kent and Federal CISO Grant Schneider will represent the White House, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., will explain the legislative landscape for cybersecurity issues. Leaders from the FBI, National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice also will speak. If you can't make the event, follow the highlights on social media through FedScoop and CyberScoop's editors and reporters. Check out the agenda.

Defense Secretary Esper recuses himself from JEDI decision-making

In case you missed it Tuesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has removed himself from making any decisions on the Pentagon's $10 billion JEDI cloud contract because one of his sons works for IBM, one of the original bidders on the controversial contract. Esper wasn’t “legally required to” remove himself from the process, but did so “out of an abundance of caution to avoid any concerns regarding his impartiality,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Rath Hoffman said. Esper has now delegated his role in any decision making around JEDI to Deputy Secretary David Norquist. Billy Mitchell has the story.

Federal IT leaders discuss Cloud Smart and more

At the VMware Public Sector Innovation Summit, FedScoop spoke with federal IT leaders about the administration's Cloud Smart policy, the adoption of virtualization technology and more. Links to exclusive videos of those discussions are below.

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