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Three Commissions Ask Congress to Consider Workforce Recommendations for FY 2021 Defense Policy Bill

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The Cyberspace Solarium Commission, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service have called on Senate and House Armed Services Committees to consider including in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act their proposed workforce recommendations to attract technical talent and maintain the country’s competitive edge.

The three commissions called on congressional committees to use existing authorities to promote flexibility in hiring personnel, facilitate data collection and advance research on workforce dynamics. “The Federal government needs to increase the public’s awareness of opportunities for public service, particularly for those with digital talent,” the top leaders of the commissions wrote in a Thursday letter to the committees.

“Congress should direct the Secretary of Defense, through the secretaries of the military services, to increase the public’s understanding of opportunities with the military and in national security departments and agencies by reinforcing programs that target digital talent, especially those with proven success.”

NSCAI proposes the expansion of the Cyber Excepted Service to include AI positions, establishment of AI literacy course for human resource professionals and acceleration of security clearance reviews for AI practitioners, among others.

CSC’s recommendations include the assessment of personal security clearances for cyber roles, expansion of the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program and establishment of a pilot program to offer cyber-specific up-skilling resources for veterans and transitioning service personnel.

NCMNPS’ proposals include the establishment of an interagency council on military, national and public service, creation of an internet-based service platform to link U.S. citizens to service opportunities and optimization of cross-service marketing and recruitment.