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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 7, 2000


Federal Cyber Services Training and Education Initiative

The President announced today a $25 million funding proposal for the Federal Cyber Services (FCS) Training and Education initiative led by OPM. The demand for information technologists and information security specialists has grown faster than the supply. In both the public and the private sector, there is a dearth of qualified new professionals in information security. The National Plan for National Information Infrastructure, which details the FCS initiative, calls for the following five programs to address this challenge. Vigorous implementation of these programs will help address the current shortages of information security personnel.

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