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Report: Agencies Introduce IT Reskilling Initiatives for Employees

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. 

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Gary Washington: USDA to Issue Task Order Under GSA’s $50B Enterprise IT Contract

Gary Washington, chief information officer of the Department of Agriculture, said at an ACT-IAC event that the department plans to issue a task order for systems modernization support in the coming days, FCW reported Tuesday. The task order will fall under the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract for telecommunications services valued at $50 billion. 

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Five Agencies Show Progress in Eighth FITARA Scorecard

The eighth iteration of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard shows that five agencies saw improvement in their letter grades. The agencies showing progress in their letter grades are the departments of Defense, Agriculture, Justice and Treasury and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Eleven federal agencies maintained their scores, while five agencies showed a drop in their letter grades.

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Gary Washington: USDA to Implement Modern Platforms in Next 12 Months Under CoE Program

Gary Washington, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, told Federal News Network in an interview posted Monday that USDA will begin implementing new technology platforms in the next 12 to 18 months as part of the Centers of Excellence program. Washington said USDA has already closed 21 of the 39 data centers slated for shutdown and will continue to introduce changes to Farmers.gov to improve the customer experience.

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USDA Extends Deadline of Proposals for New ERS, NIFA Headquarters; Sonny Perdue Quoted

The Department of Agriculture has provided a 30-day extension for organizations interested in housing the Economic Research Services and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will both be relocated in late 2019.

Stakeholders such as universities and local governments asked USDA to extend the deadline to further prepare and submit proposals, the department said Friday.

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