Bill would help DHS attract cybersecurity experts
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 21, 2014
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, this week introduced a bill that would grant the Department of Homeland Security hiring and compensation authorities to make it easier to attract, hire and retain cybersecurity experts.
The bill (S. 2354), sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), would provide DHS with authorities like those currently in place at the Defense Department and National Security Agency. The legislation was approved by the committee May 21.
“Twenty-first Century threats require a 21st Century response,” said Carper said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the demand for cybersecurity experts in the government greatly outpaces the supply, and many agencies have had difficulty attracting the best and brightest and retaining those already in service."
Carper said the proposed hiring and pay authorities would allow DHS to better compete with the private sector and other agencies to bring onboard and retain the most skilled cybersecurity experts. Carper noted that a House bill (H.R. 3696) sponsored by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) contains similar provisions.