Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Create Federal Rotation Program for Cyber Experts
Written by John Hewitt Jones
Lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill that would create a rotational program within the federal government for private sector cyber experts.
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., And Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C., introduced federal Cyber Staff Rotation Program legislation to the House of Representatives on Friday. It’s the same version of a bill that was introduced in the Senate last month by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
The bill seeks to address the difficulty faced by the federal government in obtaining the best cybernetic and technological talent needed to counter sophisticated threats from foreign actors. Federal government agencies have faced challenges in recruiting top cyber and tech talent in recent years, in large part because of the pay gap between the private and public sectors.
If passed, the legislation would create a dynamic and prestigious program that would allow senior industry executives to work for the U.S. government for a set period of time.
According to the bill, participants could return to their original position, or similar, in the private sector after their time in the program is over. He encourages agencies to identify rotational positions that focus on integrated multi-agency cybernetic missions.
The law would require the Bureau of Personnel Management to lead the program in consultation with the Council of Chiefs of Human Capital, the Council of Chief Information Officers and the Department of Homeland Security.
It also obliges the Government Accountability Office to study the effectiveness of the program during a pilot project.
After consideration by lawmakers, the bill will then be referred to the House Oversight and Reform Committee for consideration.
Commenting on the legislation, Representative Khanna said, “Silicon Valley has been and will continue to lead the world in creativity and scientific discovery, but we cannot rely solely on private investment to protect our cyber infrastructure from harm. bad actors. “
“The federal government, the largest employer in the United States, must lead. This dynamic rotation program will give our cyber professionals the vast experience they need to defend us against growing threats abroad, ”he added.
Representative Nancy Mace said, “This program will equip not only our current generation of cybersecurity professionals, but also our next generation, ensuring that the US network is prepared for attacks. Strengthening our cybersecurity workforce means strengthening our national defense. “
Speaking to FedScoop earlier this month, a senior purchasing official said that in some cases staff working in the private sector can receive up to ten times the salary of a similar position in the public sector. .