Why the VA is spending $4.5 million on a robotic workforce solution
The Veterans Affairs Department is paying $4,5 million to a robotics company for a solution that could be used to train the next generation of employees.
The solution would use sensors to detect how people work, then remotely track and evaluate them, VA spokesperson Jason Cramer said in a statement.
It could also help people work from home or from a car.
The VA’s Robotics Challenge was first announced in March, and has already won $3.8 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The VA has since spent $6.3 million on the competition.
The agency has not yet awarded a contract to build the robot, but Cramer noted that the government has hired more than 100 firms to build robots.
The DARPA grant is a way for VA to recruit talent, Cramer told the AP.
DARPA has been a key partner for the company, helping to design the system and funding its development.”VA has an extremely talented workforce and is committed to hiring a diverse workforce,” Cramer wrote in the statement.
“DARPAs robotics challenge is an important tool in this effort to create a more innovative workforce.”