Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., plan to introduce a bill providing for the back pay of contractor employees who have not received salaries due to the government shutdown. The shutdown has reduced the work hours and pay of contractor workers such as janitors, food staff and security personnel in the government, Smith's office said Friday.Read More »
The General Services Administration plans to issue a playbook to guide the agency and potentially the entire government in automating digital tasks, FCW reported Wednesday. GSA wants to utilize robotic process automation bots, which can automate various tasks, such as data manipulation, data entry, email handling, data reconciliation and extracting data from documents.Read More »
Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the Trump administration aims to integrate workforce efforts through executive councils and agencies in 2019, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. Weichert noted that the government will focus on the collaboration of agencies in workforce initiatives such as reskilling federal personnel, fostering employee engagement and shortening hiring procedures.Read More »
The Trump administration has announced a strategy that aims to drive innovation by promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The plan, titled Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, is intended to keep the U.S. at the top of innovation and economy, the White House said Tuesday.Read More »
A recent study has revealed that, on average, roughly half of federal government employees consider workforce training and development to be the most critical element in achieving information technology modernization at their respective agencies. The study was conducted by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council in partnership with news organization MeriTalk.Read More »
The Department of Energy has awarded 85 research contracts worth a total of $218M to academic institutions and the department’s national laboratories to conduct studies in quantum information science.
The department said Monday the contract awards align with the Trump administration’s plan to advance research in quantum computing, which could lead to innovations in computer and information processing and other technologies.