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Gov Actually talks race and government

In its 40th episode, Gov Actually joins in on the conversations happening around the United States on race and what it means to be black in America. The podcast approaches the larger discussion about race specifically through the lens of government. “The issue of race relations and race dialogue in the United States needs further effort. It needs to be progressed. It needs to be, at a minimum, reset and frankly recognized,” co-host Dan Tangherlini says. “That discussion needs to happen, and it’s happening on the streets and it has to happen everywhere. So we’re going to have it here — we’re going to try to do it here.” Listen to the new episode now.

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A playbook for assessing data skills

The working group behind the Federal Data Strategy is out with a new playbook for agencies to help them assess employees' data skills. The guide supports the 2020 Action Plan‘s action 4, which encourages agencies to assess staff data literacy and skills by July 31, in four major steps: identifying data skills critical to the agency, assessing current staff capacity for those skills, performing a gap analysis to prioritize needs, and finding ways to meet them. Dave Nyczepir has more from the playbook

VA targets cancer in telehealth expansion

The Department of Veterans Affairs scored a $4.5 million grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to kickstart a national teleoncology center to reach rural veterans battling cancer. New programs developed by the center will use the VA Video Connect telehealth platform to bring cancer specialists to patients and initiate discussions about clinical trials and genetic counseling, where doctors use DNA sequences to predict health risks. The grant will also be applied to train more Veterans Health Administration cancer specialists to use virtual health care systems. Jackson Barnett has more.

DARPA's hardware bug bounty

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has kicked off a hardware bug bounty, offering elite white-hat hackers up to $25,000 for bugs they find. The goal is to throw an array of attacks at the hardware so its foundations are more secure before production. “We need the researchers to really roll their sleeves up and dig into what we’re doing and try to break it,” said Keith Rebello, a DARPA program manager. CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas has the story.

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