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App wins federal challenge on the future of work

Amy Huber is the winner of phase two of the National Science Foundation’s Career Compass challenge, a competition to “address the changing nature of work.” Huber pitched her employer jobZology’s platform PathwayU as the winning solution to help American workers navigate their careers. NSF CIO Dorothy Aronson told FedScoop that the agency liked PathwayU because of the clear career roadmap it helps users build — not just for the beginning of a career, but for a world in which jobs are constantly evolving. “What we really need, I believe, is a tool that says not what job do I want to apply to today, but how do I prepare myself for my next career move,” Aronson said. “What do I do today in order to get myself prepared for where I want to be next?” Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

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First GEAR Center challenge winners focus on expanding cyber workforce, improving use of data

The General Services Administration and White House Office of Management and Budget unveiled the first winners of the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center challenge this week. The winning ideas highlight the importance of developing a cybersecurity workforce and using data for more effective governance. A cybersecurity workforce team won $300,000 for its vision of a federal program to bring in “neurodiverse” individuals, including those with autism, to fill available cyber positions. The team is made up of representatives from a long list of academic and industry organizations. Tajha dives into the winners.

Virginia launches state's first digital professional licensing system

Gov. Ralph Northam kicked off a new electronic licensing program that will make it easier for Virginia workers to receive licenses. Through a partnership with electronic credentialing firm Merit, Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation will begin issuing digital licenses to workers immediately. The licenses can be updated in real-time as their owners earn certifications and other qualifications. DPOR estimates that 313,182 workers split among 40 industries working in Virginia require some form of a license or certification to do their jobs. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Elaine Ho on the amazing work that drew her to NASA

Ho talks about what drew her to work in government. Watch Ho detail her journey.

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