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House Bill Aims to Extend DoD-Private Sector IT Workforce Exchange Program

SecurityLockRep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) has introduced a bill that would continue a program for the Defense Department and private businesses to exchange information technology employees.

The Information Technology Exchange Program Act of 2013 will extend a program where private industry or academic employees work briefly at the Defense Department and have DoD employees work at businesses and academic institutions in turn, Kilmer’s office said Wednesday.

DoD aims to upgrade and secure its IT infrastructure, as well as help the private and academic sectors in their efforts to bolster national defense, according to the release.

“ITEP can help deliver better understanding of the factors and decisions each party makes while developing a contract RFP, responding to that RFP and then executing and performing after award,” said Trey Hodgkins, a TechAmerica senior vice president.

The program intends to help Defense Department employees gain insights on cloud computing, cybersecurity, IT integration and management, network services and infrastructure from the private sector.

Private and academia employees will also learn about the DoD’s operations, tools and products and defense systems, Kilmer’s office says.

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