OPM chief promotes cybersecurity jobs

Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert this week met with federal officials and representatives from several schools in the Atlanta area as part of discussions on ways to promote cybersecurity careers in the federal government.

“The federal government must act quickly to expand the STEM and cybersecurity workforce across all federal agencies in order to keep up with increasing demands,” Cobert told the group, which included representatives of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Kennesaw State.

Cobert also pointed to federal internship and recruitment efforts across the government, including the Pathways Programs—paid internships for students still in school, careers for recent graduates, and fellowships for recent advanced degree holders—as among some of ways OPM can use to recruit a diverse applicant base for federal jobs.

Creating more educational and training opportunities—as well as identifying cybersecurity workforce needs, and working to recruit, retain and develop the best cyber talent—are among the major goals laid out in the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy released last month by the White House.

According to information in a Pathways report slated for publication, 93 percent of Pathways participants plan to stay in the federal government in the immediate future.

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