Maria Roat: Agencies Should Invest in Workforce Through Tech Training

Maria Roat: Agencies Should Invest in Workforce Through Tech Training
Maria Roat

The Chief Information Officers Council plans to introduce a data science reskilling program for government employees later this month. Maria Roat, deputy federal CIO and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, underscored the federal workforce’s need for training at a House subcommittee hearing, FedScoop reported Monday.

Roat said Monday during a House Oversight Government Operations subcommittee hearing on FITARA 10.0 that approximately 2 million civilian employees use technology to carry out their work and agencies should consider training along with funding to address issues highlighted by the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard.

“Just as important as we consider any technology investment, we should also remember that the people charged with using those solutions must also be skilled in the use of technology,” Roat said during the hearing. “As the pace of capability and threat continues to accelerate, we must invest in our workforce to keep their skills relevant."

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