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Federal Officials Call for Faster, Easier Way to Hire People in Government

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Federal technology officials called on the government to implement changes that would speed up the hiring process and make it easier for job seekers to navigate government agency web sites, Federal News Network reported Friday.

The call comes as the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy is set to begin its first classes with 25 students in April, according to Jason Gray, chief information officer at the Department of Education. The program will focus on training for federal employees outside of IT to handle  cyber defense analyst positions in the future.

Gray spoke at a recent AFFIRM cybersecurity conference in Arlington, Va. Several panelists suggested agencies should accelerate the hiring process. The Office of Personnel Management should overhaul the usajobs.gov site to make it easier for job seekers to

The Department of Energy is utilizing partnerships with academia to recruit the right talent. The agency launched the CyberForce competition in 2018 that gathered students to defend servers and virtual machines from cyber attacks. The goal was to introduce cybersecurity to students, said Adrienne Lotto, the department’s deputy assistant secretary for infrastructure security and energy restoration.