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House Bill Would Define Software and Data Roles at Federal Agencies

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The U.S. government is looking to define roles for "software development," "software engineering," "data management," and "knowledge management" under new legislation before the House of Representatives.

The government has tried to get better at hiring and retaining tech-savvy employees but has faced challenges including the lack of specific job roles for positions critical to creating a digitally-driven government.

The Federal Career Opportunities in Computer Science Work Act looks to remedy that. The bill would give the Office of Personnel Management 270 days to establish roles for software development, software engineering, data scientist, and knowledge management.

"This is an important step in helping federal agencies recruit, hire, and retain top technical talent," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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