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The head of the federal government’s primary human resources agency described a new push to incorporate data into the process to identify and recruit workers in the STEM fields. Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, said Wednesday that the agency hosted a “Datapalooza” event in Washington to highlight the initiative and to present ideas for the public and private sectors to collaborate in STEM workforce recruitment.

“The idea was to find ways to use OPM’s valuable data to understand our current STEM workforce and to provide the tools and resources managers need to help them attract and recruit new STEM talent,” Archuleta said. Attendees at Datapalooza also saw a “heat map” that displayed the top regions which STEM prospects are applying from and other technological tools that seek to predict future trends in STEM recruitment.


The future of GovCon’s engineering workforce and funding for the military’s technology-related programs were primary points of discussion Wednesday at the Potomac Officers Club’s 2015 “DOD Research and Development” event.

The GovCon and government executive audience heard from and had the opportunity to interact with Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer; Army Maj. Gen. William Hix, deputy director and chief of staff for the branch’s Capabilities Integration Center; Navy Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research; and Stephen Welby, deputy assistant defense secretary for systems engineering.
Click here to read GovCon Wire’s full recap of Wednesday’s event and click here to register for upcoming POC events.

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