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OMB to Refine Data Science Skills of Federal Workforce; Margie Graves Quoted

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Margie Graves
Margie Graves

The Office of Management and Budget plans to administer a pilot program to repolish the data science skills of federal employees, Federal News Network reported Monday.

The future program would also aim to help federal officers understand the importance of data science to achieve an agency’s goals. Margie Graves, the federal deputy chief information officer, said this would encourage leaders to drive the demand for data science.

The planned pilot would follow a previous effort that OMB made to refine cybersecurity skills in the federal workforce. The previous program revealed the federal government’s insufficiency of data science experts, Graves noted.

“They need to exist in economist areas, they need to exist in scientific areas, they need to exist in technological areas,” the deputy CIO said.