Wage Freeze Won't Cool Fed OptionsPeople Work in Government to Serve Their Country
The freeze intends to save the country $28 billion overthe next five years and $60 billion over the coming decade. It applies to all civilian federal employees, including those at the Defense Department, but not to military personnel.
Hiring new and retaining existing cybersecurity professionals shouldn't be a problem because of the wage freeze, federal Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients told reporters in a conference call before the president's announcement. "We do need to continue to recruit the best and brightest to the federal government, and I care about that deeply," he said. "I'm confident we have an overall value proposition that's quite strong and that this effort will not get in the way of our efforts to get the best and brightest."
Hiring new and retaining existing cybersecurity professionals shouldn't be a problem because of the wage freeze.
Unlike any other sector, people often choose to work for the government for a higher cause, to play a vital role in addressing issues related to national protection and security. And there is no other bigger stage for making an impact and giving something back to the country. "People work in the government not for the money, but to serve the country," said John Rossi, professor at the National Defense University.
Professionals also choose to work for the federal government for greater breadth of experience, enhanced training opportunities and unmatched job security. In lieu of salary increases, the federal government will continue to hire top talent for its IT security roles and perhaps offer other benefits to attract cybersecurity candidates, such as telecommuting, flexible work hours promoting work-life balance, as well as additional opportunities for certification and training.
Critical security roles, such as an agency chief information security officer, may prove to be exempt from the pay freeze, as these positions are the most difficult and crucial to fill.
Also, the U.S. Cyber Challenge, as well as other government programs and scholarships, will continue to fill the demand and shape the security profession within the federal sector.
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