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Study: Financial managers need career boost

The government should develop a broad-based financial management career field, create a governmentwide financial management intern program and move forward with an alternative personnel system for financial management employees, according to a draft white paper from the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program.

Federal financial managers' role is changing and their primary responsibilities — to provide information and decision support to program managers — has become critical to successful government operations, the white paper states. But the workforce is shrinking and growing older, and needs new skills, according to the report.

The report also made specific recommendations such as creating performance-based compensation systems and systems for recruiting, developing and retaining employees. Comments on the paper are due by July 7.

NASA taps fellowship awardees

NASA selected 21 graduate students to receive financial support this year through its Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program, the agency announced this month. The program aims to boost the representation of women, minorities and graduate students with disabilities studying math, science, technology and engineering.

The fellowships include an annual 10-week, hands-on research experience at a NASA center. Fellowship tenure is three years for doctoral candidates or two years for master's degree candidates in several NASA-related fields, including aeronautics, astronomy, biology, Earth sciences, computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering.

The United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corp. administers the program.

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