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Army's cyber units are woefully understaffed

Staffing cybersecurity roles is becoming a universal issue, but for the Army, it's even more of an uphill battle. A new GAO study found large workforce gaps in the service's cyber and electronic warfare units, including one battalion that was more than 80% vacant as of March. Another unit activated in October 2018 with only 63 of the 199 authorized positions filled, or 32%. This sets the Army up poorly for the future, the report states. And on top of that, for the personnel the Army does bring on board, training is often still under development and specialized equipment is not available. Jackson Barnett has more on the Army's struggles.

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States using data to connect residents to jobs

The Educate for Opportunity Project is helping half a dozen states develop data-driven strategies to connect their residents to local job opportunities. A partnership between the National Governors Association and Strada Education Network, the project will help support training initiatives for adult learners in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Wyoming. Betsy Foresman has the story.

How to get more young people involved in civic tech, according to young people

The federal government’s tech workforce, much like the government’s workforce writ large, needs an influx of young talent. But what does it take to attract young people? Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the answer.

Why the United States needs more cybersecurity experts — badly

Alan Paller, the founder of the SANS Institute, says a "cyber pandemic" threatens national security, which could lead to a physical war. The only solution, he said, is to train more cybersecurity professionals. Foresman has more.

Government's secret sauce, according to Lesley Field

The deputy administrator for federal procurement policy spoke with WorkScoop about the importance of recruiting young talent to the federal government and what makes it such a great place to work. "I have to say, it's the dedication of the people and their commitment to the mission," Field said. See what else Field had to say.

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