Senate Amendment to H.R. 2952, Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act

H.R. 2952

Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act

Date
December 11, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the House will consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2952, the Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2952 was introduced on August 1, 2013 by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.  H.R. 2952 passed in the House on July 28, 2014 by voice vote.

Bill Summary

The Senate Amendment to H.R. 2952 requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, within 180 days of the bill’s enactment (and annually thereafter for 3 years), to assess the capability of the cybersecurity workforce within Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The assessment is required to include information on: 1) the readiness and capacity of DHS’ workforce to meet its cybersecurity mission; 2) where cybersecurity workforce positions are located within DHS; 3) which cybersecurity responsibilities are performed by DHS employees, independent contractors, and other agencies; and 4) the percentage of individuals within each cybersecurity category who received essential training to perform their jobs.

Moreover, this legislation requires the Secretary, within one year of the bill’s enactment, to develop a comprehensive workforce strategy to enhance the readiness, capacity, training, recruitment, and retention of DHS’ cybersecurity workforce.  The plan is required to include: 1) a description of a multi-phased recruitment plan for developing and retaining a cybersecurity workforce; 2) a 5-year implementation plan; 3) a 10-year projection of DHS’ cybersecurity workforce needs; 4) an identification of the potential barriers to the hiring and development of a DHS cybersecurity workforce; and 5) any gaps in the existing cybersecurity workforce and a plan to fill any such gap.  Finally, within 120 days of enactment of this legislation, the Secretary of DHS is required to submit a report to Congress on the feasibility, cost, and benefits of establishing a Cybersecurity Fellowship Program to offer a tuition payment plan for individuals pursuing undergraduate and doctoral degrees who agree to work for DHS for an agreed-upon period of time.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.