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Two historically black universities in Virginia to get $3.5M for STEM

Gov. Ralph Northam proposed a $1 million investment, matched with $2.5 million in private funds, for two of the state's historically black colleges to implement a program centered around developing STEM teachers in the state. The investment is an attempt to help address the state's tech-workforce shortage by training teachers who will in turn teach the related subjects to a new generation of students. The announcement comes as part of Northam's 2020 budget which contained increased for STEM education, as well as more funding for HBCUs. Jake Williams has more.

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Weak encryption means putting our military at risk

Stop wasting time suggesting that we need universal solutions for encryption, but then put consumers and our military at risk. Read Ari Schwartz's opinion piece here.

North Dakota launches student app challenge for career development

State officials are hopeful the competition will provide enterprising young developers a chance to meet with industry and secure job opportunities. Betsy Foresman has more.

NOAA missions reap the benefits of low-code development as product owners

While the technology isn't new, agencies' use of it is just beginning to take off. Dave Nyczepir has more.


Federal agencies must improve hiring flexibility to secure IT talent

A recent FedScoop/WorkScoop study points to rising demands for new federal IT skills. But workforce experts cite rigid hiring rules that tend to disqualify promising candidates and discourage others from seeing a path for skills growth in government agencies. Leaders from Cisco, Monster Government, VMware and World Wide Technology weigh in on how to address these challenges. Read more.

Best Bosses in Fed IT nominations now open

Submit a nomination for the 2020 Best Bosses in Federal IT list. Nominations are open through February 28 Nominate a best boss here.

Government developing AI use case repository for agencies facing challenges

The AI Community of Practice meets next month to identify "practice areas" where use cases are hitting hurdles. Dave has more here.

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