GSA’s 18F Hub Modifies Federal Pay System to Back Cyber Talent Recruitment Goals

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PeopleThe General Services Administration‘s 18F unit has launched a new campaign to attract private-sector cybersecurity talent through a move that will offer potential hires with jobs at the top of the General Schedule pay scale, Nextgov reported Friday.

Mohana Ravindranath writes Eric Mill, 18F senior technology adviser, told Nextgov the unit’s digital consultancy group seeks to attract recruits with the information security positions and the freedom that might be expected in the private sector within the Office of Personnel Management‘s pay-setting and flexibility rules.

The report added that OPM has granted agencies with a direct-hire authority for information security jobs that provides government organizations with an option to hire any qualified candidate.

“The GS pay flexibilities may be used to help recruit and retain employees in any job in which an agency is experiencing staffing difficulties,” an OPM spokesperson told Nextgov.

GSA posted a job ad in June on the USAJOBS website that seeks information technology specialists that will perform information security implementation and related work across government and some private entities.

GSA will accept applications until Dec. 31, 2016.

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