The Senate has passed S-1388, to require the OMB to establish a program to train federal employees to identify and defend against counterintelligence threats to the federal supply chain.
Acquisition officials at all federal agencies who are involved with managing the supply chain for information and communications technology programs would be required to attend that training.
An earlier analysis of the bill by the CBO estimated that the acquisition workforce of the federal government totals about 250,000 people, adding that it expects that 10 percent of them would require training every two years under the bill and that training for the first group of employees would begin in 2021.
It added that it expects that some of the information provided in that training would be classified and therefore trainees would be required to hold security clearances. However, the number of acquisition employees who have clearances is unknown; CBO said that some would need to newly qualify for clearances to participate in the training.