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Proposed Public-Private Research Center to Prioritize Data Management, Workforce Modernization

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Margaret Weichert, deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, has said the proposed Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center will initially focus on data management and workforce modernization efforts, Federal Times reported Friday.

Weichert noted during an Aug. 23 call that the GEAR Center will retrain employees for modern jobs and commercialize federal data to accommodate the public and private sectors and academia.

The OMB proposed the establishment of the public-private partnership center as part of the Trump administration’s government reorganization plan.

The applied research site would house various research entities to develop ways to help the government streamline its service delivery processes.

Weichert added that the OMB is still anticipating industry feedback regarding the potential objectives, authority hierarchy and budget of the GEAR Center.