Census Bureau to Pilot Data Science Reskilling Program in 2020

The Census Bureau intends to launch a reskilling effort with the Office of Personnel Management and Federal CIO Council focused on training personnel for data science activities in January 2020, FCW reported Wednesday.

The Data Science Training Pilot will provide in-person and online data science classes to a maximum of 50 participants in partnership with 40 departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget.

Lisa Frid, the Census Bureau’s workforce transformation program manager, said the initiative will also require participants to conduct data science projects to assess their skills while enabling agencies to evaluate new learning opportunities.

“The capstone project is all about letting those agencies test out of some of their processes and see how they would benefit from the new data science techniques and get the new IT environment ready for them,” she said.

According to a prior report by Federal News Network, OMB plans to pilot a similar reskilling program that builds on the agency's cybersecurity reskilling academy.

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