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Natalie Alms

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Natalie Alms
Natalie Alms is a staff writer at FCW covering federal technology policy, service delivery, customer experience and the government's tech workforce. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.
Cyber

Solarium successor wants the White House to lead on cyber workforce strategy

One recommendation: establish cyber excepted service authorities, like the Department of Homeland Security's newly launched cyber hiring initiative, government-wide.

Cyber

Seven years in the making, DHS's new cyber talent system boasts just one hire

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security say that change management efforts will help scale the Cybersecurity Talent Management System

AI & Analytics

CIA taps its first chief technology officer

CIA Director William Burns named the chief technology officer of the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center to be the spy agency's first-ever CTO on Friday.

Personnel

State Department taps assessment-based hiring process for data scientists

The department hit its applicant cap in one day after posting a job listing seeking 50 data scientists.

Cyber

Inglis says he won't 'dictate' cyber workforce policy

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said that part of his job in the cybersecurity workforce arena will be ensuring that the roles of different agencies are coordinated.

Cyber

CISA's Easterly wants to close the cyber workforce gender gap by 2030

Women currently constitute about one quarter of the global cyber field, according to estimates.

Cyber

Data and the cyber workforce

The co-chairs of a congressionally mandated report on the cybersecurity workforce say that a new office or bureau should be charged with compiling more granular data on the state of cyber employment.

AI & Analytics

Bill to train acquisition workforce on AI clears Senate

The bill will help the U.S. stay afloat in global competition on artificial intelligence, its sponsors on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee say.

Cyber

NDAA requires DOD to report on prospects for a ‘cyber academy’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) says these reports could inform potential legislation to establish an academy to educate cyber workers for government modeled after military service academies.

IT Infrastructure

What’s next for security clearance reform?

Expect new milestones from the DOD’s governmentwide vetting IT and new policies on vetting criteria in 2022.

IT Infrastructure

Final 2022 defense bill calls for new data and software job series

The House-passed compromise NDAA also has other workforce provisions, including a change to the probationary period for civilian feds at DOD and paid parental bereavement leave for federal employees.

IT Infrastructure

White House asks agencies to delay consequences for vaccine mandate violations

Agencies have the power to decide how to discipline unvaccinated feds, but the White House is encouraging them to go beyond education, counseling and letters of reprimand until after the holidays.

Cyber

Homeland Security updates cyber workforce system

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Talent Management System updates the agency’s practices around hiring, compensating and developing employees.

IT Infrastructure

Intelligence community diversity lags at the highest levels

Although there have been some gains in the representation of women and minorities in the IC workforce overall, the highest ranks are less diverse.

IT Infrastructure

DHS faces steep climb with financial systems modernization

The agency made some awards on a long-delayed financial management modernization effort earlier this month, but years of work awaits the agency on establishing an enterprisewide system.

Cyber

AFGE looks to block Cyber Command reserve program in NDAA

A proposed amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to pilot a cybersecurity reserve force at the Department of Defense would weaken merit systems principles, according to the largest federal employee union.

Cyber

Fostering a diverse cybersecurity workforce

Experts at an Aspen Institute event explained some roadblocks to cultivating a diverse cybersecurity workforce and offered potential solutions, including putting less reliance on formal certification.

IT Infrastructure

Was DOD ready for telework in 2020?

Slow networks, a lack of management buy-in and the need for more government equipment all affected how DOD feds transitioned to telework at the start of the pandemic, new reports from DOD's IG found.

Cyber

DHS workforce sprint brings in nearly 300 cyber employees

Cybersecurity vacancies totaled about 2,000 at the start of the hiring sprint in May.

Cyber

Hassan, Cornyn float bill to create new federal cybersecurity training programs

One part of the bill would create a pilot program to train vets to work in cybersecurity.