The Senate has passed S-406, aimed at better developing and retaining federal employees with cybersecurity skills, one of the occupations where the government has the most trouble recruiting and retaining needed workers.
The measure would create a civilian personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals to give them experience beyond their home agency and help the government develop multiagency and policy expertise on cyber threats and expand their professional networks. Agencies would decide which positions are suitable for such rotations, which normally would last six months but could be extended, and after which the employee would have to remain at the original agency for at least as long a time.
“This program would enable employees to serve across multiple government agencies, allowing them to gain experience beyond their primary assignment and expand their professional networks. The legislation will provide opportunities to help attract and retain cybersecurity experts in the federal government by offering civilian employees opportunities to enhance their careers, broaden their professional experience, and foster collaborative networks by experiencing and contributing to the cyber mission beyond their home agencies,” said a statement by sponsors after Senate passage.
The bill now moves to the House.