Talent initiatives at the National Security Agency

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NSA Executive Director Harry Coker details what the organization is doing to attract a highly-skilled workforce, and why comfort with technology is the most important skill for their future employees.


As one of many government organizations looking to follow the President’s Management Agenda, the National Security Agency is researching how to hire a modern workforce. According to NSA Executive Director Harry Coker, the agency is looking to acquire highly skilled talent that fit their core values.

“We start with ‘why.’ Why does someone want to work for the National Security Agency. It needs to be an alignment with that oath that we all take to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies,” said Coker. “We also realize that integrity is one of our core values, we have to have folks with integrity.”

 

Coker says that NSA is recruiting from anywhere they can get interest.

 

“We have to start earlier and earlier in recruiting folks. We want a certain skillset, STEAM and data scientists. We need folks who are at least comfortable with technology, even if it’s a linguist or a contract manager,” said Coker. “Literally, we have programs at the elementary school level, middle school, high school, and that’s fertile ground for us.”