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GAO: Federal Agencies Move to Address IT Labor Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has previously recommended federal agencies to increase their information technology workforce development efforts to mitigate issues related to federal hiring activities, recruitment of qualified staff and identification of skill gaps.

GAO said in a report published Tuesday it found that multiple agencies have taken actions to implement the congressional watchdog’s recommendations such as the launch of executive branch programs and the enactment of the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015.

The Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget implemented a strategy last year with actions, goals and timelines meant to help boost the government’s cybersecurity workforce.

Federal agencies also introduced cybersecurity scholarship programs as well as promoted cyber, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

The Department of Homeland Security launched the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies to help government employees, educators, students and companies with cybersecurity training providers in the U.S.

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