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'Bootcamp' program aims to boost New York City's cybersecurity workforce

by Benjamin Freed

Twenty-four students were recently awarded full scholarships to a 17-week cybersecurity training program as part of the city's Cyber NYC initiative.

DOD’s new HR system presents change management ‘issue’

by Dave Nyczepir

Developers struggled at first testing the Department of Defense’s prototype civilian personnel system because of how different it is from the existing one. A year ago, the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS) and Defense Management Data Center began a Software-as-a-Service, cloud transition to the enterprisewide Defense Civilian Human Resource Management System. The goal is to establish a single employee record for each person throughout their career, even if they…

USAJobs.gov preps special ‘guidance’ as part of Trump’s ‘second chance hiring’ initiative

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Attention-grabbing guests like Kim Kardashian West were the focus last week when President Trump announced his “second chance hiring” initiative for former prison inmates, but now government agencies are getting in on the action. The government’s official federal hiring platform, USAJobs.gov, is preparing for its role in an initiative that is otherwise focused primarily on encouraging private sector companies

Congress wants to give DOD a top IT workforce recruitment official

by Jackson Barnett

The latest versions of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would aim to upgrade the Department of Defense’s IT workforce by adding a new high-level position for digital recruitment. Provisions in both the House and Senate versions would make retaining a digitally capable workforce a priority. The new position included in the Senate legislation would

A third of U.S. workers say they lack data skills

by Katya Schwenk

Research by the online course provider edX reported on Tuesday that 39 percent of U.S. consumers they surveyed across industries feel they lack proficiency in data skills — though respondents also said they are reluctant to ask their employers for additional training. The survey, conducted by a 3rd-party data vendor, polled 1,000 adults, 917 of whom were or had previously been employed. Another 37 percent of the respondents said they…

Virginia universities and AWS announce cloud computing degree

by Betsy Foresman

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College announced a new degree in cloud computing on Tuesday in partnership with Amazon Web Services’ Educate program. “This degree is the first of its kind to offer students a seamless transfer pathway from a 2-year associates degree to a 4-year associates bachelor’s degree in the cloud,” according to an announcement from AWS. The new degree program, set to launch in fall 2020,…

IC needs to share talent, innovation with private sector, ODNI’s Gordon says

by Jackson Barnett

The talent is out there — it is just not getting to the right places, Sue Gordon, principal deputy director of the Office of National Intelligence, said Tuesday. Gordon cited the need to share talent between the private and public sectors and to rethink the way intelligence workers navigate their careers. The partnership needs to extend

Public-private partnerships can build IT workforce pipelines, say education leaders

by Betsy Foresman

To address the technology workforce shortage, stakeholders in business, government and education must work together to train students for a wide range of emerging careers, education leaders said at an event in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Speakers in one panel at Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Summit agreed that amid the growing demand for workers trained in the latest technological skills, strong public-private partnerships will prove a key component of…

DHS needs help peeking into state and local networks, cybersecurity official says

by Benjamin Freed

A top federal cybersecurity official said Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security often lacks a clear picture of state and local governments’ network security, even as foreign adversaries increase their attempts to disrupt all levels of the public sector. And while federal agencies are getting better at working with state and local authorities, they face an ongoing challenge of staying ahead of an evolving threat landscape. “We don’t have good…

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