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White House Accelerates Cyber Hiring Spree

The federal government announced plans today to hire 3,500 cybersecurity and IT professionals by January 2017, building on the 3,000 it’s already hired in the first six months of fiscal 2016.

According to a White House blog post, the hiring spree is part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, a $19 billion effort that includes the proposed $3.1 billion IT modernization revolving fund.

This governmentwide effort to help agencies recruit and retain highly skilled information security professionals will include special pay authorities, and renewed efforts to diversify the cybersecurity and IT workforce.

Over the coming months, the White House plans to partner with agencies to streamline hiring practices to quickly bring in new talent, as well as create a "cybersecurity cadre" within the Presidential Management Fellows program to attract top cybersecurity talent from the private sector, reports FedScoop.

"We must recognize that these changes will take time to implement, and the workforce strategy’s long-term success will depend on the attention, innovation, and resources from all levels of government," the blog post reads. "The initiatives discussed in this Strategy represent a meaningful first step toward engaging Federal and non-Federal stakeholders and provide the resources necessary to establish, strengthen, and grow a pipeline of cybersecurity talent well into the future."

By dividing the cyber profession into 31 specialty areas, officials seek to improve recruitment and training, in addition to identifying workforce needs more acutely.

This plan also includes a new orientation program for new employees entering the federal workforce.

Yet, the blog post from Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Beth Cobert, White House cyber coordinator Michael Daniel and federal CIO Tony Scott did not reveal any information on the name of the first federal chief information security officer. This new position, reporting to the federal CIO, was part of the cyber plan released in February.

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