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Terry Halvorsen: Legislation Needed to Bolster DoD’s IT Workforce

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

Terry Halvorsen, the Defense Department‘s chief information officer, has called for legislative action to help DoD attract and retain information technology professionals, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Scott Maucione writes Halvorsen told the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capacities subcommittee Tuesday he believes compensation package that companies offer to entice talented candidates somehow affects IT recruitment efforts at the department.

“We really want them to come in and sit in a position for a year, being able to execute some decisions within the department and then go back to industry,” noted Halvorsen, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016.

“I think we’ll need to tweak some of the legislation so that can happen more often.”

Subcommittee ranking member Jim Langevin, D-R.I., told the station he would look into the department’s employee recruitment and retention challenges.

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