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STEM Briefing – Amber Seira

Diversifying the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline

April 26, 2016
Cannon House Office Building – Room 121
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Moderated by CHCI-Motorola STEM Graduate Fellow Amber Seira
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In recent years, the United States witnessed information cyber attacks on private corporations like Chase and Target as well as public sector entities like the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). While there are many strategies to develop technology innovations for counteracting cyber attacks, no investment is arguably more influential than the employee talent pool. The rate and complexity of cyber threats demand an equally multifaceted workforce to outsmart growing technological security issues.

As more Latinos obtain technology credentials and reach workforce age, their labor participation in the technology sector is proportionally underrepresented. The skilled workforce essentially excludes Latinos from careers with greater job security and higher wages. As a component to its overall workforce pipeline and retention strategy, federal agencies should be held accountable to leverage Latino talent to fill its cybersecurity workforce needs.

This briefing will provide context for both the nation’s and federal government’s workforce participation of Latinos.


Dr. David Bray - Chief Information Officer, U.S. Federal Communications Commission
Kathleen Delano - Chief Executive Officer, PMIC, Inc.
Karen S. Evans - National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge
Beth Anne Killoran - Chief Information Officer (Acting), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Susie Saavedra - Senior Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs, National Urban League, Washington Bureau
Jennifer Tress - Director of Hiring 18F, General Services Administration

Remarks by Tracy Terrill, Chief Digital Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration

The 2016 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.