The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking Federal employees to apply for a new program the department is launching to train new CIOs and CISOs.

USDA rolled out the posting for the CIO/CISO Multi-Agency Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) on Aug. 5, and stated that qualified candidate are “those who have demonstrated, through their performance and experience, the potential to assume executive-level IT positions within the Federal Government.”

To qualify, applicants must be current Federal employees with at least one year of supervisory experience at the General Service-14 level or above. The candidate selection process involves several phases, including an initial review, screening panel, interview, certification process, and final program Executive Resources Board confirmation.

Accepted applicants will take part in trainings, seminars, and assessments, and must complete a 90-day executive-level developmental assignment as well. Those selected must also have an SES mentor and complete 80-hour inter-agency training funded by the CIO Council, and at the end of the program participants will submit a portfolio to the CIO-CISO Executive Resources Board.

USDA is currently accepting applications for the CIO/CISO SES CDP until Aug. 23.

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