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DHS Launches Excepted Service for Cybersecurity Talent

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced its plans to roll out a new talent management system to address the ongoing challenges it has faced to recruit and retain skilled cybersecurity professionals. This new approach creates a new federal expected service structure that is not bound by General Service appointments, pay, and classification rules.

The newly established Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS) provides a new way to connect the DHS's highly sought-after cybersecurity talent. The new talent management system is mission-driven and takes a market-driven, person-centered approach to attract new candidates.

Highlights of the new CTMS include:

  • Ongoing Strategic talent planning that adapts to the changes occurring within the cybersecurity profession, the cybersecurity talent market, and the DHS cybersecurity mission.

  • Competitive Compensation plans provide sufficiently competitive, market-sensitive compensation, and recognition for employee contributions.

  • Career development to ensure the collective expertise of DHS-CD employees through continuous learning.

Details of the new rules were published in the Federal Register and are available online for review and comment. The program will take effect on November 15, 2021, and comments from the public will be accepted until December 31, 2021.


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