Suzette Kent: Federal Data Strategy to Help Launch Data Reskilling Pilot

Suzette Kent
Suzette Kent

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Federal Data Strategy will help establish a data reskilling pilot in addition to delivering a sense of data literacy to federal employees, Federal News Network reported Friday.

“The data science reskilling is about people who have the hands-on roles in delivering this and the data activities at agencies,” Kent said. “So what are ways that we can upskill and add to people who already understand the mission and the data that the agency has, and bring a finer point to some of those specific skills that we’re seeing in the market and that we need to have.”

Kent noted that the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management are performing “tactical work” to help agencies recruit professionals with data skills.

OMB released in December the final draft of the Federal Data Strategy, which includes four new objectives agencies need to meet in 2020.

You may also be interested in...

Bob Kolasky

Bob Kolasky: CISA Gains Insight Into 2020’s SolarWinds Cyber Attack

Bob Kolasky, assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC), said his team has studied the software risks associated with last year's SolarWinds hack. SolarWinds was a Russian malware attack that affected Orion software in multiple federal agencies. Kolasky said NRMC assessed SolarWinds-related software risks over a span of four months.