U.S. Senators Announce Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Bills
U.S. senators recently introduced two bipartisan bills intended to make it easier for government agencies to overcome the cybersecurity skills gap and prevent an increase of unfilled jobs. Last week, two Republican and two Democratic Senators reintroduced the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, which outlines the development of a program for the recruitment of civilian cyber employees on a temporary basis.
Earlier this week, two Senators from different sides of the isle introduced the Cyber Security Exchange Act that is intended to create a program that focuses on recruiting private sector and academic experts for government positions for periods of up to two years, while government experts in the field would be able to gain private sector experience for no more than two years. One of the sponsors of the bill described it as “a great opportunity for federal government agencies to tap into the vast cybersecurity resources that exist in the private sector and academia, as well as bolster the capabilities of their counterparts.”