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CIO Suzette Kent: Federal Workforce Welcomes OMB’s AI, Automation Initiative

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Federal Chief Information Officer and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent said the federal workforce is showing great interest in the administration’s initiative to retool agencies with artificial intelligence, automation and analytics, Federal News Network reported Monday. Over 1,500 employees applied to the Office of Management and Budget’s first Federal Cyber Re-skilling Academy that intends to train non-information technology personnel for future cyber-related tasks and the use of innovative technologies.

“We had a bigger response than we expected and we’re seeing great scores,” Kent said during the ServiceNow Federal Summit in Washington. “We have a high number of individuals who are actually qualifying in the success range.”

OMB plans to select 25 applicants by April 1 to train from mid-April to mid-July. Some federal agencies have expressed interest in hiring graduates of the Cyber Reskilling Academy for full-time jobs, Kent said. OMB plans to launch another cyber re-skilling academy later in 2019, which includes federal IT employees and higher-level personnel.

The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.