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Federal agencies need to improve hiring flexibility in battle for IT talent

by Julia Weaver

Federal agencies face more than a wage-scale disadvantage when competing with commercial firms for technology talent. They also have to overcome rigid hiring rules which tend to disqualify promising candidates and discourage others from seeing a path for growth, say private sector workforce experts. Those hurdles are hardly new to government. However, they’re becoming more formidable as a broader U.S. shortage of technology and cybersecurity workers continues to hobble federal…

Cloud, AI skills top list of talent needs for federal government CIOs, report finds

by Julia Weaver

Federal IT leaders foresee a significant need for a wide range of IT skills at their agencies over the next two years, with the greatest demand expected for specialists in cloud networking and application development, artificial intelligence, data analysis and enterprise engineering, according to a new survey. The rapid evolution of cloud-based computing services, the need to meet citizens’ digital services expectations and the explosive growth of data are placing…

Identity, access tools essential to IT security, but states lag on implementation

by StateScoop Staff

Stolen and recycled passwords pose critical security risks for state and local government agencies. Those risks are expected to intensify as demand to support more applications grows over the next year, according to a new report. IT leaders indicated in a report produced by StateScoop and underwritten by Okta that their agencies recognize how identity and access management (IAM) practices can help address security and other IT support issues. However,…

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