OPM Director Dale Cabaniss sent a memo to agencies detailing ways they can evaluate current employees for reskilling or candidates to hire to fill critical cybersecurity positions.
After years of discussion and collaboration with other agencies, the Office of Personnel Management defined what makes a federal job a “cybersecurity” one.
The Office of Personnel Management said it will soon sign off two separate direct-hire authorities and will begin initial steps to develop a special occupational pay and classification system.
The Office of Management and Budget is developing a new IT capital planning policy that would help agencies measure, manage and budget IT investments. Training is another key component of OMB’s strategy during the transition year, as it also will help agencies overcome cybersecurity recruitment and procurement challenges.
When it comes to defending the country from cyber attack, Defense officials have made abundantly clear that they plan to leverage the military’s National Guard and reserve components as much as possible, including, most recently, by tasking the Army Guard and Reserve to build 21 cyber teams on top of the 133 U.S. Cyber Command had planned as part of its Cyber Mission Force.
The Office of Personnel Management published updated instructions for agencies to assign revised standard codes to their cybersecurity positions. It’s one of several recent steps the administration has taken to implement the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, which Congress passed at the end of 2015.
Rob Foster, the Department of Navy’s chief information officer, released a new guidance to accept more certifications and qualifications from sailors, seamen and civilians instead of the one-size fits all approach.
The Office of Management and Budget outlined a series of steps agencies should take to increase the number of people they recruit, train and prepare to protect federal networks.
Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, said the greatest impact of the ongoing government shutdown on cybersecurity is on the morale of the cyber workforce.
The outgoing chief of staff for U.S. Cyber Command said recently the military’s professional cyber corps has strong, diverse capabilities.