DoD Eyes New Recruitment System for Civilian Cyber Employees; Karl Schneider Comments

cybersecurityThe Defense Department has launched efforts to establish a personnel system for the recruitment of employees for civilian cyber posts, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jared Serbu writes DoD submitted on June 24 a report to Congress on how the department plans to implement the excepted service for civilian cyber workforce in compliance with the 2016 defense authorization law and the U.S. Code’s title 10.

The 2016 defense authorization law authorizes the DoD secretary to hire and subject cyber employees to a probationary period of three years as well as retain those workers through bonuses and additional pay, Serbu reports.

Karl Schneider, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, said the Pentagon plans to consider the National Security Agency’s supplemental pay and pay setting system as a model to recruit cyber professionals, according to the report.

“[The personnel system is] going to be a phased approach, starting with a small number of people in the headquarters,” Schneider said at an Association of the U.S. Army forum in Arlington, Virginia.

The report said DoD will set up a board to manage the civilian cyber workforce personnel system.

The Pentagon’s chief information officer will co-chair the cyber workforce management board with DoD’s principal cyber adviser and defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness, the report added.

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