H.R. 367 would establish a career program for acquisition professionals within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program would designate the relevant occupational series, grades, and number of positions eligible for the program; provide specialized training to participants; and seek to attract candidates from different backgrounds to participate. The act also would require DHS to annually 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 act would not require substantial action by the department and would cost less than $500,000 annually. In total, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 367 would cost about $2 million over the 2021-2026 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.