Bill Reintroduces A Rotational Program For Federal Cyber Workers
This is the first time in a long time that I have actually said good job US Congress! A senate bill was reintroduced, entitled the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Act, that would add a rotational program for federal government cyber workers. As stated by Sen. Gary Peters (D- Mich.) "This bipartisan legislation will help ensure that the federal government has the skilled workforce in place to combat emerging threats and help federal employees cultivate new skills and expertise in this in-demand field." Workers would be able “to apply for a detail to another office or agency for up to 14 months, pending approval from their managers.”
Let us assume that all managers are willing to support their workers continued growth within the federal government, this will definitely be a way to attract new talent to the government. An entry level employee having the ability to spend time in other cyber positions, learning new skills, seeing things from a different angle, is a great selling point. It also distinguishes the government from an entry level private industry professional. Many times, in private industry, people pick something and become so specialized in that one area they have difficulty transitioning their careers into different areas. In order for our industry to grow, value should be given to those individuals that have varied experiences. The one thing that I have personally learned by working in so many areas in cyber security, risk management, and privacy is that there are multiple ways to solve a problem. And the value you bring by being able to translate and solve problems in multiple areas is priceless.