USDA to Address IT Skills Gap in Employees; Gary Washington Quoted

Gary Washington
Gary Washington

The Department of Agriculture faces the challenge to address the information technology skills gap across the USDA workforce, Fedscoop reported Thursday.

Gary Washington, USDA chief information officer, said at a Fedscoop event that the department's adoption of a consolidated, business-focused IT approach has left out the technology awareness of many employees.

The department adopted the consolidated IT approach upon working with the General Services Administration's Centers of Excellence program. The approach consolidated centers for security, data, user support and other IT functions.

USDA intends to address this gap via new employee training programs.

"We need to make sure that our 3,100 federal employees at USDA are in a position to be a part of that journey," Washington said at FedScoop’s Workforce Summit.

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