On July 20th, the House Oversight and Reform Committee reported favorably on the creation of a new occupation series. H.R. 3335 would establish an occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science and data management. On behalf of the Data Coalition Initiative members, Data Foundation Policy Director Corinna Turbes issued the following statement:
Getting the right talent in the federal workforce is absolutely vital for effectively using data. The proposed occupational series will help leaders in government successfully recruit and hire the talent they need to leverage data strategically and to innovatively fulfill their missions. The Data Coalition hopes to see this bill advance quickly through Congress to strengthen the federal workforce.
The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.