Agencies face tough challenges hiring, retaining cyber talent

Friday - 5/23/2014, 9:54am EDT

Government agencies are having a hard time recruiting, training and retaining cyber and IT professionals. That's partly due to a lack of flexibility in the hiring process, according to a group of federal cyber execs.

During a forum hosted by AFFIRM, Greg Wilshusen of the Government Accountability Office, said agencies are still using hiring practices from the 1940s and 50s. Another part of the problem - agencies still lack a common set of terminology to use in job descriptions.

David Bray, chief information officer at the Federal Communications Commission, says his organization has begun using an ambassador program to help mitigate some of these hiring issues. According to Information Week, the program brings in contractors for a few months at a time to offer the agency "new perspectives and fresh ideas."