Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 [email protected] U.S. Gov. Facing a Severe Cyber Workers Shortage When They Are Needed the Most August 11, 2021 Max Stier, head of the Partnership for Public Service, told lawmakers during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on cyber hiring. Stier’s testimony highlighted deep problems in the government’s cyber workforce. · The cyber workforce since 2016 has actually shrunk at some federal agencies, including the Labor and Agriculture departments. · Just 25 percent of government cyber workers are female. · There are 16 times more federal IT workers older than 50 than there are younger than 30. His suggested fixes: · Hold top government officials accountable when their agencies can’t retain cyber workers. · Create more paid internships for young cybersecurity professionals and make it easy to move from internships to government jobs. · Make it easier to pay government cyber professionals higher salaries that compete with the private sector.