Agencies need to leverage digital recruiting initiatives and enhanced data techniques to better attract talented and diverse personnel, according to human relations professionals at several Federal agencies speaking at a FedInsider webinar held May 31.






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The U.S. Digital Service (USDS) said earlier this month that it established a new standard for Federal acquisition pros looking to procure digital services. Acting as a “core-plus certification” to the existing Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C), FAC-C-DS certifies those who complete a Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) program.






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The current cybersecurity workforce shortage in the United States is daunting and only due to get worse over the next few years, the Departments of Commerce (DoC) and Homeland Security (DHS) reported to President Trump in a document released Wednesday.






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Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Wednesday voiced strong criticism of the Federal government’s spending to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the United States, saying that some of the Federal investment is duplicative and inefficient. 






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In the first nine months of 2017, 79,637 Federal employees either quit or retired, Politico reported. Compare that number to 56,036 who left the government during the first nine months of the previous administration in 2009 and that’s almost a 50 percent spike.






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Everybody’s heard of the Federal IT skills shortage–but it isn’t just IT departments that are struggling. A recent Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) report on cyber security and IT modernization finds agencies’ Offices of the Inspector General (OIG) are struggling with an IT skills gap of their own. CIGIE brings OIGs together to talk about common challenges and areas for improvement. 






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Renitalynette Anderson, the former deputy director of business administration at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, accepted a new position as president at Quality Technology (QuTech), an IT solutions provider specializing in in cybersecurity, data center management, cloud computing, call center management, program management, and IT consulting with Federal, state, and local governments. 






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Following a House hearing on the cyber workforce shortage, the Department of Homeland Security released information about cyber training programs.






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In order to combat a cyber workforce shortage, the traditional U.S. education system needs to be revamped to better align with cybersecurity needs, according to testimony at a House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection hearing. “Simply put, cybersecurity professionals are not produced by the education system in the United States in the quantities or the correct soft skills that are needed,” said David Jarvis, chief information officer at the IBM Institute for Business Value.






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Agencies are looking at ways to secure the edge of their systems in order to support a more mobile workforce. “The edge is where the mission happens,” said Max Everett, CIO of the Department of Energy. “We’re in the midst of a transformation. It’s modernization with a plan.”






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Hewlett Packard Enterprise will discuss how it helps agencies plan for the IT modernization process at the MeriTalk produced event Road Map: Tomorrow’s Data Center in a Cloud-Driven Digital World on Oct. 24.






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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan invited 48 international women leaders in the STEM field to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program, and attend the Hidden No More event in Washington, D.C. “We know that we have more to do to remove barriers to women in STEM,” Sullivan said. “Our fundamental belief is that when women do better, families do better, countries do better, and the world does better.”






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Federal IT employees said that they need automated capabilities in order to streamline administrative tasks that take up a chunk of the workday. Seventy-seven percent of respondents to ServiceNow’s survey of Federal technology workers said that they spend more than a quarter of their workday on manual, administrative tasks.






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The Startup Act reintroduced in the Senate would grant more visas to immigrants in the STEM field. Among other things, it would create a new limited STEM visa so that 50,000 U.S.-educated foreign students who graduate with a master’s or Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering or mathematics can receive a green card and stay in the United States.






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