The Senate voted unanimously on Friday to pass a bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security more power to recruit and retain cybersecurity talent, GovInfoSecurity reported Saturday.
Eric Chabrow writes the DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act seeks to fast-track the process of hiring cyber professionals at the agency and offer new hires a competitive salary and benefits package.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the bill’s sponsor, said DHS is having trouble recruiting people who can help the government address newer security threats, according to GovInfoSecurity.
“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 added, according to the publication.
“This legislation would help address this problem by giving the secretary of Homeland Security the personnel authorities the department needs to improve their ability to compete with the private sector and other agencies to hire and retain the most skilled cyber workforce.”
Chabrow writes the bill would require the DHS chief to submit an annual progress report on its cyber talent recruitment efforts to Congress.