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Background:  The FAFLRT event, Careers in Knowledge Management, at ALA 2010 Annual conference featured Sandy Smith, DOD CIO Management Services IT Workforce lead on the Federal CIO Council publication (NetGeneration: Preparing for Change in the Federal Information Technology Workforce )  This publication from the Federal CIOs lists librarians and information science professionals as mission critical workers.

 

As part of the 25 point IT plan, the Federal CIOs just announced the application process for the Tech Fellows program open Sep. 15-Sep. 25  specifically for recruiting, among others, information science graduate students.   Tech Fellows should apply here

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Story from FedNewsRadio

“Building off the success of the Presidential Management Fellows program, the Chief Information Officer's Council today launched the Tech Fellows program.

"We are building a more sustainable talent pool that will ensure effectively managed IT programs from beginning to end," said federal CIO Steven VanRoekel in a blog post. "The Technology Fellows Program helps to break down some of the bureaucratic barriers that slow hiring and presents young people with a prestigious option when coming out of their respective graduate programs. Once inside the federal government, the Tech Fellows will be given the challenge of working with the projects and complex systems that are only available when working in federal IT. In my opinion, this is the competitive advantage that the federal government holds against the private sector."

The two-year fellowship is for graduate students — master's or doctoral level degree — in the areas of computer science, computational mathematics, information technology or information science and/or relevant work experience in a technology firm or the field of information technology. “