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Feds Prep Workforce for Future AI Integration

Lynne Parker, assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House, said a number of agencies launched individual initiatives to educate and prepare employees for future integration of artificial intelligence into their operations, Federal Times reported Friday. “Agencies are stepping up on their own to create opportunities for people to maybe enroll in a short-term learning course where they can gain skills in IT areas or cybersecurity areas or AI areas,” Parker said at a recent National Academy of Public Administration event.

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Gene Dodaro: GAO Considers Cybersecurity a Top Priority for FY 2020

Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, said during a Senate subcommittee hearing that one of GAO’s priorities in fiscal year 2020 is cybersecurity, Federal News Network reported Friday. He said GAO expanded its cyber workforce from 140 to 175 employees this year and needs more resources to meet lawmaker requests around cybersecurity.

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NIST Expands Hiring Authority for IT Leads, Engineers, Scientists

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released new direct hiring authorities to allow federal hiring managers to skip some steps in the process to employ new information technology managers, general engineers and general physical scientists. “The expanded direct-hire authority will allow NIST to simplify and expedite hiring for managers in mission critical occupations,” according to a notice issued Thursday.

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HHS Launches IT Workforce Acquisition Pilot with U.S. Digital Service

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking information technology professionals to help the department with healthcare modernization efforts, FCW reported Friday. HHS partnered with the U.S. Digital Service to hire IT personnel to help with data management, data collection, customer support and analysis that will support acquisitions and policymaking.

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OPM Implements Direct Hire Authority to Fill Critical IT Positions

The Office of Personnel Management released a final rule implementing direct-hire authority for mission-critical information technology positions. OPM said in the document published Wednesday that the authority will allow agency leaders to bypass select steps in hiring new personnel to address the shortage of applicants in critical IT roles. 

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Margaret Weichert on Performance Management, People’s Role in Tech Change Initiatives

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, told Federal Times in an interview published Tuesday about the role of workforce in technology change initiatives and the agency’s plan to focus on performance management. “Performance management is an area where we’re looking very closely at things that are in the regulatory realm: areas where there are perhaps artificial barriers to rewarding people, limits imposed on how much they could be given a bonus — or how bonuses are distributed between, let’s say, SES and our senior technical leaders, the SL cadre of folks,” Weichert said.

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Karl Schultz: Coast Guard Facing $2B Backlog of Shore Infrastructure

Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said that the service faces a more than $1.7 billion shore infrastructure backlog, USNI News reported Friday. Schultz noted during his “State of the Coast Guard” speech at USCG’s Los Angeles-Long Beach base that the service’s purchasing power has reduced by almost 10 percent, and that it's working through the obstacles such as understaffing and outdated systems. 

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