Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) offered an amendment to H.R. 624, the bipartisan Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection (CISPA) Act, that would boost job creation for veterans.
The amendment would require the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) to make recommendations on future workforce needs, and related education and training needs, to meet future cybersecurity threats. In addition, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, in consultation with the Inspector Generals of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), would be required to submit to Congress recommendations for retraining veterans into roles combating cyber threats.
The amendment would make it easier to connect veterans, many of whom already have security clearances, to jobs in the cybersecurity field. This would not only help veterans find gainful employment, it would also save time and taxpayer money because many of these veterans would have no need to get additional and costly security clearances.
"The brave veterans who put their lives on the line for us deserve nothing but the best when they return home from overseas," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "The amendment I offered today is simple and common sense. It would make it easier for veterans, many of whom already have security clearances and training, to find jobs combating dangerous cybersecurity threats. This would not only lead to job creation for our nation's heroes, but it would also save taxpayer money and make sure our country is well-equipped to deal with the cyber threats of the future. We have made progress in putting our veterans back to work, but the unemployment rate for them remains far too high."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served in the last ten years have a 9.2% unemployment rate, well above the national average.