House panel approves cybersecurity amendment to boost IT workforce at DHS

10/30/2013 |

The House Homeland Security Committee has approved an amendment to the Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act that would reinforce the department's cybersecurity workforce. The bill would require DHS to develop a tuition-for-work fellowship program and a program to recruit military veterans and unemployed computer specialists for IT security jobs. The amendment creates an "opportunity for DHS to compete with the private sector in attracting the very, very best and the very, very brightest students who graduate with degrees in information assurance, computing security," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, sponsor of the amendment.

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