Report: Agencies Introduce IT Reskilling Initiatives for Employees

Jeff Brody

Federal agencies are launching reskilling programs to provide employees new career opportunities in the field of information technology, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

Dorothy Aronson, chief information officer at the National Science Foundation, said NSF is overseeing a pilot to assess an online learning platform, Udacity, to help volunteers from agencies learn the skills needed to become data scientists or data analysts. Aronson, who co-chairs the Federal CIO Council’s workforce committee, said NSF will conduct a survey to identify employees’ skills gaps in data science.

“We’re hoping to team people up to look across the federal government to find where various training opportunities are and leverage the existing training tools. But we want to meet people where they are instead of requiring them to be at a certain level before they begin.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture launched a Senior Executive Service candidate development program to develop the next generation of chief information security officers and CIOs. Selected candidates will undergo formal training, seminars and assessments as well as submit a portfolio to the CIO/CISO Executive Resources Board once they complete the program.

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