As a means of diversifying the training of Federal cybersecurity workers and share lessons learned throughout the Federal government, this bill authorizes the creation of a voluntary and rotational cyber workforce program. Under this program, willing agencies may designate a cyber workforce position within the agency as being eligible for rotation between 180 to 365 days with comparable positions at other agencies. Per the bill, cyber workforce positions are defined as positions providing information technology, cybersecurity, or other cyber-related functions to the hosting agency (a complete definition is provided in the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015).
To facilitate the rotational cyber workforce program, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will solicit participating agencies and distribute available rotational positions among the participating agencies. Per the bill, the OPM will also create and publish an operation plan for the program within 270 days of the bill’s passing. Within the plan, the OPM will dictate what training, education, or other prerequisites, if any, will be necessary for participation by agencies or individual cyber workforce participants.
Also stipulated within this bill is a provision requiring the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress assessing the rotational cyber workforce program. The assessment will measure the degree of participation across the Federal agencies and the extent to which participants benefited the participating individuals and agencies.
Finally, this bill includes a sunset provision requiring the rotational cyber workforce program to be reauthorized after five years of it being enacted.