February 21, 2024

Dear tech workers,

Careers are determined by moments.

Sometimes these moments are carefully planned and orchestrated — the culmination of years of hard work. A dream job, a long-awaited promotion or the successful completion of a noteworthy project. These moments recharge our professional batteries and propel us forward in our careers. Often, they also motivate us to achieve more.

For me (Camille), accepting an appointment as part of the DHS Office of Cyber ​​Policy team changed the trajectory of my career. As I realized the benefits of a career that allowed me to move between different sectors, my understanding of how my career could evolve and the contributions I could make in and through the network changed.I can support drafting Presidential Policy Directive 41 This outlines how the federal government organizes itself during major cyber incidents.

I was then able to take that understanding and build a joint security program at a large tech company, where I helped lead the Log4j shell response effort. Each department offers unique experiences that, combined, enhance your personal professional toolkit.

The federal civilian sector has the opportunity to benefit greatly from the expertise of talented technologists like you.

Other moments are unexpected. They catch us off guard and force us to rethink everything. Maybe they’ll even make us reprogram our futures.

For me (Thomas) – I graduated in 2000 during the mass layoffs in Silicon Valley. Within three months, I was fired from my first job. Although I was able to find another job and survive multiple rounds of layoffs, this instability made me rethink what was important to me. Service has always been a part of my life and I look for opportunities to use my technical skills to make a difference. It was the Peace Corps’ mission of maintaining world peace and friendship and its intent to promote mutual understanding between Americans and foreign peoples that drew me to apply to volunteer with the agency.

During my two years as an ICT volunteer in the Philippines, I applied my technical skills to projects including integrating technology into the classroom, developing an apprenticeship program for young people interested in computer repair, and developing students locally Information system. teacher. The ability to foster innovation in new environments and contexts has changed my career.

Despite record low unemployment Five months into the new year, more than 170,000 workers at US technology companies were laid off — suddenly faced with a unique, unscripted moment. In 2022, more than 140,000 tech workers will be brought home. This is a lot of highly skilled techies ready to take steps in new directions.

As senior leaders in our respective government organizations, each of whom faces similar impromptu, unexpected moments; we invite you to consider this turning point in history as your opportunity to commit to government service. The federal government plays a unique role in cybersecurity and IT, creating unique career opportunities for someone with your technical skills.

We recognize that government jobs can have a notorious reputation for being overly bureaucratic. Additionally, budget cycles, established hiring mandates, and traditional organizational structures can sometimes make it difficult to recruit and onboard talent quickly. But things are changing.

We’re working hard to overcome these challenges and increase opportunities for skilled workers to join the federal workforce. The federal government has taken a number of steps to capitalize on this moment and ease the challenges associated with rapid recruitment into the public sector. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the primary US government office that oversees the federal civilian service, supports career development in federal IT for those affected by recent layoffs. OPM hashostNew salary guidelines issued to agencies for industry-specific job fairs toLeverageFunding from previous legislation andConcise The process for applicants to find opportunities in government service – including remote work.

If you are not ready to move permanently to a federal career, many short-term, high-impact public sector opportunities have emerged that allow specialized and highly skilled digital talent to enter existing pathways.For example, in the Peace Corps we havepeace corps response , which recruits professionals with different skillsets who know how to succeed in 3- to 12-month volunteer assignments.In addition, we launched a virtual servicepilotan expanded service opportunity for returning Peace Corps volunteers who can contribute their time as private citizens by interacting virtually with their host country counterparts about projects.

There is also a need for people like you in the field of government cybersecurity.recent estimate Citing a 25 percent increase in demand for public sector cybersecurity workers through 2022, more than 45,708 new jobs will be created.This ongoing demand for cyber talent ranges from cybersecurity engineers and cybersecurity architects to cybersecurity analysts and policy makers.

The mandate of the Office of the National Cyber ​​Director was recently released National Cyber ​​Security Strategy Develop a cyber workforce and education strategy that, among other things, develop specific mechanisms by which a more diverse group of individuals with varying educational backgrounds and professional experience can more easily find positions suitable for government service.

We help advocate for inter-agency initiatives such as www.techtogov.org, as a resource for technicians transitioning into government service. This includes helping employees transition easily from a big tech culture to federal IT, organizing job fairs, and establishing actionable recruiting resources on the techtogov.org website.

As you investigate job prospects and consider your next steps, we strongly encourage you to consider federal service. From improving incentives to streamlining the hiring process, serving the American people with the U.S. government has never been easier or more productive. For those still unsure, the short-term opportunity presented by the Peace Corps allows for a fixed-term halt while Big Tech looks to reposition itself.

We are all very confident that the federal civilian sector has the opportunity to benefit greatly from the expertise of talented technologists like you. We are excited to have you embark on your journey to find the perfect fit and we look forward to serving alongside you.

For job seekers looking for technology opportunities within the federal government, visit US Employment Networkand www.techtogov.orgto know more information.