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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 28th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 395 Yea / 8 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on Homeland Security
      Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
    IntroducedSeptember 17th, 2013

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What is it?

This bill aims to strengthen cybersecurity with "boots-on-the-ground." It would grant the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more options when hiring cyber workers. The bill directs the DHS Secretary to :
  - create job titles (or "occupation classifications") for people who work in DHS cybersecurity programs
  - make sure those titles are used in DHS and other federal agencies
  - asses how ready DHS is to meet its "cybersecurity mission."

"Cybersecurity mission" here means activities to ensure cyber safety. For example, reducing threats and vulnerabilities, beefing up cyber system resilience, and creating cyber threat response protocols.


American cybersecurity professionals and DHS workforces.


$500.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000.

More Information

 In Depth:

For each new job title, the DHS Secretary would have to create accessible information for those positions and offer specialized job training. DHS would also have to front the cost of a multiphase recruiting plan.

Want a job in cybersecurity? This bill would try to establish a Cybersecurity Fellowship Program, offering tuition payment plans for undergraduates and doctoral candidates who want to work for DHS.


Sponsoring Rep. Yvette Clark (D-NY) Press Release


Federal News Radio

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Elena Polio)


Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish cybersecurity occupation classifications, assess the cybersecurity workforce, develop a strategy to address identified gaps in the cybersecurity workforce, and for other purposes.

    Get private industry involved, they are the ones with expertise.
    But why do you put Snowden on the page? He's no cybersecurity expert. He violated a nondisclosure agreement (NDA.) It took ZERO expertise to do what he did. Just a lack of honor and integrity. Having admin rights should be an honor, and he dishonored his NDA. He is NO example for what we want our cyber professionals to be.