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Federal Tech Leads Say Govt Needs More AI, Automation Workers

Top federal technology officials say there is a growing need across agencies for artificial intelligence, robotics automation and machine learning experts amid the governmentwide information technology modernization, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

Margie Graves, deputy chief information officer of the government at the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration seeks concepts used by states to hire people with skills to support AI, cyber and data science. Graves added that AI and automation are changing the federal workforce, with the Trump administration expecting 5 percent of all government workers to be entirely automated in the future.

Meanwhile, OMB launched a cyber reskilling academy to help the government increase its cyber workforce. The program will train non-IT federal employees to handle tasks related to cybersecurity. OMB is also working with the Department of Labor to update its job series listings for federal positions to include AI and cyber.

The office plans to require all chief financial officers and non-CFO Act agencies to issue a new list of critical vacancies by the end of fiscal 2019.

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