Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program creates exciting opportunities for upskilling

In March of this year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance for the new Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program. The announcement marks an important and innovative step in the work of addressing federal cybersecurity workforce challenges and provides a model that could be replicated and expanded across public and private sectors. 

The Program permits agencies to identify and advertise cybersecurity positions that can be filled by current federal employees serving in a designated cybersecurity, IT, or cyber-related role. When selected, these detailees will serve at the hiring agency for a period of six months to one year. The rotational Program, which is authorized to run through June 2027, aims to fulfill two key objectives: supporting skill development in the federal cybersecurity and IT workforce, and promoting integration and coordination of cybersecurity practices, functions, and personnel management between and within federal agencies. By creating opportunities for federal employees to work and learn with different projects, systems, and colleagues, it’s hoped that the Program will allow detailees to share their knowledge and build new skill sets that they can take back to their home agency when the detail ends.

The new Program aligns with the White House National Cybersecurity Strategy, also released in March, as well as with Objective 3.5 of NICE’s 2021–2025 Strategic Plan to “encourage and enable ongoing development and training of employees, including rotational and exchange programs, to foster and keep current talent with diverse skills an ..

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