“It’s not just a narrow scope,” Sinovic said. “Anyone who has an opportunity to see their work in a virtual reality setting is eligible for this.” She added Clarke, a co-chair on Congress’ Reality Caucus, wants to empower the federal workforce “to do the best they can regardless of their job.”
“Our federal workforce is helping people across the US in various facets,” Sinovic said, adding employees should “have the best skills and training. Virtual reality is a great way to allow our federal workforce to have that.”
Employees from GSA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Personnel Management, as well as private sector experts, would make up the voting members of the advisory committee. Representatives from a variety of additional federal agencies would also sit on the panel as non-voting members. The panel would have 18 months to report recommendations to GSA and Congress, including legislative proposals. The committee would determine the need for technical assistance and annual training for agency human resources offices.
Some of the Best Applications Have Nothing to Do with Gaming. Typically, when people think of virtual reality, they think of computer games. This is unfortunate because some of the best and most interesting virtual reality experiences out today have nothing to do with gaming. There are virtual reality travel experiences, virtual reality documentaries, and much, much more.
Benefits of Virtual Reality
“Virtual reality really has a place,” Sinovic said. “It’s not just a video game.”