FedScoop: DHS is rebalancing cyber support contracts

“The Department of Homeland Security will adjust the ratio of federal to contract staff supporting its network operations security center (NOSC) by recompeting some contracts, most likely starting in March.”

“Existing contracts may not continue in their current forms as DHS continues to consolidate its security and network operations centers with an initial focus on agencies lacking robust SOC environments, says CIO Karen Evans.”

“Overhauling support contracts is part of a broader effort within the department to ensure its workforce has the skillsets to respond to constantly changing cybersecurity threats…”

“Central to the personnel overhaul is the Cyber Talent Management System (CTMS) that DHS is implementing to compete with the private sector. The 2014 Border Patrol Pay Reform Act ordered the system’s creation and exempted the department from many existing Title 5 restrictions for cyber hiring and compensation.”

“Evans said she’s working with Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey to publish all-new Title 6 rules allowing CTMS participants to express their interests, take cyber assessments and be matched with available jobs in areas like forensics analysis…” Read the full article here.

Source: DHS is rebalancing cyber support contracts – By Dave Nyczepir, October 13, 2020. FedScoop.

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