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Government Executive: After 7 Years, DHS’s New Cyber Talent System Boasts Just One Hire

“DHS, which plays a key role in the government’s cybersecurity landscape by responding to major cybersecurity incidents, helping secure critical infrastructure and more, first got authority for the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS) from Congress in 2014. It went live in November 2021.

The first new employee hired through the system onboarded last week, with another expected to onboard imminently. Overall, the department has made around 15 to 20 ‘selections’ that need to go through processes like background investigations before starting work with the department, according to Travis Hoadley, director of innovation in the DHS Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer…

‘We’d expected that at this point, we would have made more hires and had more folks on board,’ but nonetheless, DHS is sticking with that goal of 150, Hoadley told FCW.

Agency cited the need for more awareness of CTMS among DHS hiring managers and human resources officials and noted that market pressures are having an impact on hiring in and out of government, and that keen competition for cybersecurity talent plays a role as well…

Almost half of the applicants thus far are looking for entry-level positions in the department, although less than half of the 150 hires DHS is aiming for are expected to be entry-level, said Hoadley.

DHS also wants to fill advanced technical positions and executive positions, something that will take ‘more proactive work on our part,’ said Hoadley…” Read the full article here.

Source: After 7 Years, DHS’s New Cyber Talent System Boasts Just One Hire – By Natalie Alms, May 31, 2022. Government Executive.

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