The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking feedback on program objectives for implementation of a new cybersecurity-focused personnel system.

The Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) Cybersecurity Statutory Authority Program (CSAP) is going to hold an in-person industry day to seek input for the implementation and operation of the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS) on Dec. 9, 2019 that will include follow-up sessions.

“In designing CTMS, DHS has revisited some of the foundational theories and structures that underlie how the Federal government has managed talent for decades to modernize the civil service for cybersecurity work,” a notice said.

Additionally, DHS wants to use CTMS to pursue “new methods for describing work, identifying and encouraging applicants, considering time/professional experience, evaluating applicants and employees, and managing career progression.”

In measuring success of the program for cybersecurity talent, DHS will be looking at offer acceptance rates, retention rates, and employee engagement indices. DHS will also consider if:

  • “CTMS processes are sustainable and integrate refinements regularly to remain competitive in the cybersecurity labor market;”
  • Employees hired using CTMS “have transparent, consistent communications during the entire employee life-cycle;” and
  • Cybersecurity personnel within the Federal government and industry are “aware of/interested in the new cybersecurity employment opportunities at DHS.”
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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.