H.R. 5822 would establish a career program for acquisition professionals within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program would establish eligibility requirements for participants; designate the relevant occupational series, grades, and number of positions; and seek to attract candidates from different backgrounds to participate. The bill also would require DHS to report to the Congress on the participants in the program and the retention rates for acquisition professionals.
DHS is currently carrying out an acquisition professional program. Using information about that program, CBO estimates that new activities required under the bill would not require substantial action by the department and would cost less than $500,000 annually. In total, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5822 would cost about $2 million over the
2020-2025 period; spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.