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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…

They said I couldn’t do it…

by Julia Weaver

Why ‘everyone needs a posse’ and other lessons from a “Best Bosses in Federal IT” winner.

Open source platforms give agency workforce a boost in modernization efforts

by WorkScoop Staff

Agencies benefit from broader developer community support and faster execution of microservices strategies, say experts in a podcast.

Innovative state agencies replicate commercial sector gains in cloud migration journey

by StateScoop Staff

Cloud experts discuss innovation, small wins and better partnerships following a report on state agencies’ progress in moving to the cloud.

Workforce skills gap slowing cloud readiness for mission critical services

by WorkScoop Staff

If government wants to focus next steps to the cloud for its mission critical services, it will need help provisioning virtual data centers, cloud specialists say.

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,…

How agencies are reducing travel and expense errors with automated tools

by StateScoop Staff

Automating the process of expense reporting can drastically reduce reporting errors, expose potential areas of expense abuse and improve employee productivity for state and local government agencies, according to a new report. Agencies are discovering that widely available, cloud-based automation tools are translating into greater transparency and control of “employee initiated spend,” often the largest budget-line area in government spending. At the same time, automating expense reporting tools are helping…

How to reduce IT friction and better serve first responders

by StateScoop Staff

For police, fire and other emergency management personnel, IT and communications systems need to work fast, be interoperable and free of IT friction. The most urgent IT needs facing public safety officials today include streamlining data access, increasing productivity of the workforce and improving access and connectivity for first responders, according to state and local officials in a new report. Produced by StateScoop and underwritten by VMware, the report profiles…

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