White House Makes Supercomputers Available for COVID-19 Research: Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the creation of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, which makes supercomputers available to researchers studying the coronavirus. The consortium was coordinated by the Department of Energy and IBM, and includes partners from industry, academia and federal agencies. The Director of the National Science Foundation, France Cordova, said these resources would allow scientists and engineers to pursue “data science, computational modeling and artificial intelligence approaches.” Proposals can be submitted to the consortium via their online portal.
Report on Service Recommends Investing in Tech Skills of Federal Workforce:The Final Report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service recommends assisting federal agencies in hiring, developing and supporting cybersecurity, IT and STEM professionals by increasing funding and launching new programs. According to the report, the federal government has “not invested enough in maintaining and increasing” IT and cybersecurity skills in its workforce. Commissioners propose a range of recommendations to address the situation, including reskilling programs, piloting a Federal Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve, increasing benefit competitiveness and allowing for flexible hours and telework.