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Margie Graves: OMB, Other Agencies Eye Occupational Series for Data Scientists

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Margie Graves
Margie Graves

Margie Graves, federal deputy chief information officer, said the Office of Management and Budget is working with other federal agencies to find ways on how to recruit and employ more data scientists by establishing an occupational series for the profession, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

She said Tuesday at an ACT-IAC conference in Philadelphia that OMB is teaming up with the Office of Personnel Management, Department of Commerce and 14 other federal agencies “to define what a good data scientist looks like, how do we partner with universities to create the kind of programs that create the pipeline that brings data scientists into the federal government and, most importantly, how do we upskill and reskill current population.”

Graves also cited the importance of data literacy within every level of the federal government’s executive chain.

OPM issued a memo in July allowing federal agencies to add data scientist job titles to a number of positions in support of the President’s Management Agenda.