The U.S. Air Force is currently looking to hire civilian federal employees to fill some of the key cybersecurity roles. The hiring managers have been granted authorization to use the streamlined Schedule A hiring authority to fill more than 680 positions.
The perceived dearth of cyber professionals has left federal agencies searching for ways to rapidly increase their numbers through rapid hiring authorities or offering added incentives. The government has also looked to contractors to help fill the void.
In the case of Schedule A, the DoD allows hiring managers to use it in cases where there is a critical need or when specific jobs must be filled, such as chaplains or law clerks. Job seekers can be considered for positions outside the normal competitive process when using Schedule A.
Schedule A-approved cyber positions include incident handling and malware/vulnerability analysis; cyber risk and strategic analysis; cybervulnerability detection and assessment; intelligence analysis; cyberincident response and network and systems engineering, among others.
U.S. Strategic Command, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the 24th Air Force have all been chosen for Schedule A hiring effective through 2012.