Bipartisan legislation (S-406) has been reintroduced in the Senate 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.


The bill is sponsored by leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which in the last Congress held several hearings where experts said that such a program would make the government a more attractive employer for those in the high-demand cybersecurity field. The committee could vote to approve the bill as early as this week.