Fiscal 2016 Budget Requires Cyber Workforce ID

cybersecurityThe 2016 omnibus spending package passed by Congress last week mandates federal agencies to identify employees with cyber functions, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Nicole Ogrysko writes the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015 is intended for agencies to monitor their cybersecurity workforce.

Under the new budget, agency leaders will designate an employment code to each position as part of the national initiative for cybersecurity education program, according to the report.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and Office of Personnel Management are tasked to finish the job-coding structure by June and develop the implementation procedures over the next nine months in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, the station reports.

Agencies must also update the Congress on the percentage of employees with cyber functions, submit a report on the eligibility of other civilian and noncivilian cyber personnel to take certification tests and develop a strategy for plugging the gap in cyber skills, Ogrysko reports.


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