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2021 Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Summit (Virtual)

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2021 Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Summit
2021 Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Summit

 The PowerPoint slides used during this webinar can be downloaded here.

The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Summit featured colleagues who are working first-hand on initiatives geared toward attracting and strengthening vital cybersecurity talent. The Summit will be followed by a webinar series where experts share information about the federal cybersecurity workforce.


  • To provide strategic and program updates from key departments and agencies that influence cybersecurity workforce legislation, policy, guidance, and standards
  • To highlight key projects and initiatives that support the growth and sustainment of the Federal cybersecurity workforce
  • To create a sense of community among individuals in Federal departments and agencies with similar responsibilities for building a superior cybersecurity workforce


Agenda topics and speakers are subject to change. This web page will be updated with the current information. 

1:00-1:10 p.m. 


Welcome and Overview

Emcee:  Marian Merritt, Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

Robert Shriver, Associate Director, Office of Personnel Management


1:10-1:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Kathleen McGettigan, Acting Director, Office of Personnel Management

Kevin Gallagher, Senior Policy Advisor for Workforce, Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce


1:30-1:50 p.m. 

National Cybersecurity Priorities and Policy Initiatives

Brian Scott, Director for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, National Security Council, The White House


1:50-2:15 p.m.

Strategic Vision for Federal Cybersecurity Workforce

Chris DeRusha, Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Management and Budget


2:15-2:30 p.m.   

NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity:  Managing the Cybersecurity-Related Risks to the Enterprise

Karen Wetzel, Manager of the NICE Framework


2:30-2:45 p.m.

2:45-3:00 p.m.


Cyberspace Solarium Commission:  Growing a Stronger Federal Cybersecurity Workforce

Laura Bate, Senior Director, Cyberspace Solarium Commission


3:00-3:15 p.m.

Securing a Nation:  Improving Federal Cybersecurity Hiring in the United States

Will Markow, Managing Director, Human Capital Management and Emerging Technologies, Burning Glass Technologies


3:15-3:55 p.m. 

Lightning Rounds

Neurodiverse Federal Workforce Pilot
Natalie H. Veeney, Acting Director, Diversity Program, Office of Personnel Management

Cyber NexGen
Clarence Williams, Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity Workforce Management, Department of Veterans Affairs 

Cybersecurity Talent Initiative
Rick Kempinski, Senior Manager, Federal Workforce Programs, Partnership for Public Service

Vets to Feds (V2F) Cybersecurity Career Development Program
CMS Cybersecurity Pilot Program
Eric Brown, Veterans Program Specialist, Office Diversity and Inclusion, Veterans Service, Office of Personnel Management


3:55-4:00 p.m. 


Closing Remarks

Jason Barke, Group Manager Forecasting and Methods/Acting Principal Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management

This event is hosted by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management.

Created March 1, 2021, Updated February 7, 2023