I am pleased to announce the release of new compensation guidance to assist agencies in recruiting and retaining cybersecurity professionals. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy issued on July 12, 2016, details Governmentwide actions to identify, expand, recruit, develop, retain, and sustain a capable and competent cybersecurity workforce in key functional areas to address complex and ever-evolving cyber threats. In this strategy, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) commits to establishing programs to assist Federal agencies in their use of existing flexibilities for compensation to recruit and hire highly-skilled cybersecurity talent.
OPM has developed two tools to support agency cybersecurity recruitment and retention efforts—
I encourage agencies to explore these new resources and consider existing compensation and other human resources flexibilities as you develop strategies to address recruitment and retention difficulties in your cybersecurity workforce.
Agency headquarters-level human resources offices may contact OPM’s Pay and Leave center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees should contact their agency human resources or payroll office for further information on this memorandum.
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