Rep. Cisneros Introduces the TALENT Act

May 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) introduced the Training Acquisition Leaders and Elevating New Talent (TALENT) Act. With the Department of Defense (DoD) increasingly depending on small and large private sector companies as sources of innovations, both entities require a greater understanding of each other’s goals, processes, and approaches. While DoD has an existing two-way workforce exchange program, it has struggled to achieve widespread adoption due to disincentives and potential conflicts of interest. The TALENT Act would create a two-way workforce exchange program that addresses obstacles that hindered previous participation.

“As our Department of Defense adapts to an increasingly complex and volatile global security environment, increased understanding between DoD and its private sector partners will be essential to the protection of our nation and its interests,” said Rep. Cisneros.

“Enabling more of our defense personnel to gain experience in the private sector will provide DoD with a greater ability to adopt private sector best practices and private sector employees assigned to DoD can gain a better understanding of Department needs and processes.  This two-way exchange will help the DoD learn about new ideas, which will then help the Department become more efficient and operate on a more cost effective basis.”

Rep. Cisneros is a Navy veteran and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.