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Posted by on Feb 19, 2020

Proposed White House Budget Includes Incentives for Workforce Skills Enhancement

Proposed White House Budget Includes Incentives for Workforce Skills Enhancement

Among the numerous reforms proposed in the White House’s FY 2021 budget, several were aligned with the key drivers of transformation in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), which empowered public service workers to use modern technology to support data-driven decision making. The proposed budget includes initiatives to recruit, retain, and reward Federal employees strategically. Let’s […]

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2020

Putting Robotic Process Automation to Work in the Federal Government

Putting Robotic Process Automation to Work in the Federal Government

In response to the strong emphasis on modernizing technology and utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) throughout the Federal Government, the General Services Administration (GSA) has partnered with Federal Chief Information Officer, Suzette Kent, to establish a governmentwide Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice (CoP). The AI CoP enables leaders to share lessons learned and new ideas for implementing machine learning, human-centered interactions, natural language processing, rule-based automation, and robotic process automation (RPA).  Artificial Intelligence in Action Among the various forms of artificial intelligence, RPA stands out […]

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2020

The Growing Importance of Soft Skills in Government

The Growing Importance of Soft Skills in Government

When it comes to having a dynamic workforce, it is essential to hire employees who possess well-refined soft skills. Soft skills characterize how a person relates to others and are a vital part of any high-performing organization. These interpersonal skills and personal attributes are acquired over time through mentorship, training, and coaching. RequirementsWith recent guidance […]

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2020

Tell Me, What is the Difference Between Reskilling and Upskilling?

Tell Me, What is the Difference Between Reskilling and Upskilling?

As I was enjoying lunch with my colleagues last week, I mentioned that I was writing a blog about the difference between reskilling and upskilling. I was astonished to hear them ask, “What is the difference? Aren’t they the same thing?”  While many publications address the inability of the workforce to keep pace in increasingly dynamic […]

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2020

Grants Uniform Guidance Updates — What you need to know

Grants Uniform Guidance Updates — What you need to know

Grants policy fanatics (like me) greeted the arrival of the proposed changes to 2 CFR with great excitement. After all, the last time something this big happened in Federal grants was in 2013 when the Uniform Guidance was first issued. However, if the idea of reading 44 pages of three columns of tiny print (the […]

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2020

What Makes an Agile Government Project Successful?

What Makes an Agile Government Project Successful?

CIO.com defines Agile as “a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called ‘sprints’ to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service.” Agile was established to optimize the commercial development of software. While it has been applied in many other ways, the purposes, requirements, and regulatory demands of government […]

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