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They have the tech. Now they need the talent.

The Army's finance office has the tech it needs: Cloud, APIs, IoT, etc., it has it all. Here’s what they really want: Help with figuring out the people behind the tech. John Bergin, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for financial information management, has two questions for industry: “How are we managing the right people? How are we growing the right talent?” When hiring for mid- and senior-level positions, Bergin said his working assumption is that he will only get two years of service from employees before they are re-assigned or leave for the private sector. Finding ways to get the best out of people while they are in his office is the priority for him, he said. Jackson Barnett has more.

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Here's what else the Army is doing

At some point during the move to mass telework across the military, the Army could conceivably become the biggest global user of Microsoft‘s Teams collaboration tool. The service’s CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford told WorkScoop that more than 300,000 soldiers are currently using Teams through the Department of Defense‘s Commercial Virtual Remote platform, which is based on the Microsoft application. And in the next 30 days, that number is likely to climb to more than 400,000 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep people home, he said in an exclusive videoconference interview with Billy Mitchell. Watch the interview here.

A window to service

Eden Konja didn’t start out in educational technology, but when he found it, everything clicked. Konja, an information and academic technology director at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Michigan started his professional career in retail management. But he eventually realized his passion wasn’t there and began attending Oakland Community College, earning an associate’s degree in computer information systems. That was a step, he said, that completely changed his life’s trajectory. Read more here.

Bellevue University starts fully online data science degree program

Bellevue University in Nebraska launched an online data science degree program to equip students with data skills and prepare them for future careers as all industries increasingly rely on data. The new program will teach students how to analyze and manage, as well implement data driven solutions for industries like banking, retail, healthcare and manufacturing, according to Mary Dobransky, dean of the college of science and technology at Bellevue. The program is also fully online to maximize accessibility for students, Dobransky said. Betsy Foresman has more.

Purdue Global launches free COVID-19 contact tracing class

Purdue University Global on Thursday launched a free online course that trains individuals in contact tracing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing has been an important disease control measure during the pandemic, allowing health officials to monitor COVID-19 as it spreads from person to person. Many states have announced contact-tracing programs and are deploying mobile applications that can notify users when they come into proximity of other users who are known to have contracted the disease. The new course, the university said, aims to assist those critical efforts as they’re deployed. Betsy has more here.

Job of the Day

IT Specialist |Air National Guard

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Air National Guard's Division Chief for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and perform duties as the ANG's Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Chief Data Officer (CDO). Performs as technical authority and professional communications civilian advisor and consultant. Learn more here.

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