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Bill Would Create Public-Private Cyber Workforce Exchange

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

The U.S. government "needs additional cyber security experts," Senator Amy Klobuchar says.

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have introduced a bipartisan bill to create an exchange program between the federal government and private firms aimed at bringing more cybersecurity expertise to the federal workforce.

The legislation, known as the "Cyber Security Exchange Act," provides a path for cyber experts at private firms or academia to work for federal agencies for up to two years.

At the same time, federal workers would be given a chance to work in the private sector to brush up on the latest in cybersecurity practices.

Klobuchar—who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential race—said in a statement that the government "needs additional cyber security experts to ensure we are not vulnerable to attacks from adversaries and cybercriminals."

Thune called the bill "a great opportunity for federal government agencies to tap into the vast cybersecurity resources that exist in the private sector and academia, as well as bolster the capabilities of their counterparts."

From The Hill
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