DHS faces challenges in IT hiring process

March 18, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Federal Times

The Homeland Security Department needs hundreds of information technology workers — especially in the cybersecurity arena — but it faces considerable obstacles in doing so.

Among them: Lengthy security clearance reviews, flat budgets under the extended continuing resolution, the need for a strong business case, noncompetitive pay scales for IT talent, and an archaic job classification system that hinders effective human resources strategic planning.

As a result, near-term IT hiring goals are modest at DHS.

Even though the department successfully sought approval from the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget to hire up to 1,000 cyber employees over three years, it hired only about 200 cybersecurity employees last year and plans to hire another 100 or so this year.

The new hires will be spread across the department: the Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Science and Technology Directorate and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, among other bureaus. They will fill critical cybersecurity roles in areas such as risk and strategic analysis, incident response, and network and systems engineering.

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