DoD 8140

DoD CIO Issues Manual 8140

On February 15, 2023, the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO), Honorable John Sherman, issued DoD Manual (DoDM) 8140.03 Cyberspace Workforce Qualification & Management Program, the third issuance of the DoD 8140 policy series.

DoD 8140“[DoD 8140] provides a targeted, role-based approach to identify, develop, and qualify cyber personnel by leveraging the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF),” said John Sherman, DoD CIO, during his April 2021 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The [policy series] will require workforce members to demonstrate a foundational understanding at the work role level while also addressing personnel capability and continuous professional development at the work role level. Through these mechanisms, we will be able to track and manage cyber workforce capabilities across the DoD enterprise.”

The Cyber Workforce Qualification Program modernizes DoD talent management, allowing for more targeted and flexible approaches within the cyber human capital lifecycle.

The DoD 8140 Manual replaces the DoD 8570 Manual, “Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program,” which focused solely on qualifying a section of the cybersecurity workforce centered on information assurance and computer network defense professionals using a narrow set of requirements. With the implementation of the DoDM 8140.03, DoD Components will have a broad set of options to manage and achieve a qualified cyber workforce in the areas of information technology, cybersecurity, cyber effects, cyber intelligence, and cyber enablers.

“The 8140 policy series unifies cyber workforce development efforts under a common umbrella and facilitates greater mobility across population types,” said Patrick Johnson, Director, Workforce Innovation Directorate. “The manual will guide the Department’s ability to verify and advance capabilities for all 225,000 DoD cyber workforce civilians, military personnel, and contractors. Together, the upcoming DoD Cyber Workforce Strategy and DoD 8140 will enable the DoD to develop and deploy an agile, capable, and ready cyber workforce.”

The Policy

The DoD:

a. Directs Service members and DoD civilian employees assigned to a position coded with a DCWF work role code (referred to in this issuance as “cyberspace workforce positions”) to be fully qualified and identified as such in authoritative manpower and personnel systems in accordance with DoDD 8140.01, DoDI 8140.02, and this issuance.

b. Adheres to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) General Schedule Qualification Standards and the Federal Wage System Qualifications for the minimum qualification requirements for specific civilian occupation series. The requirements established by this issuance:

(1) Are explicitly for the purpose of defining minimum requirements to serve in positions that are coded for specific cyberspace work roles.

(2) Should not be construed to modify, replace, or conflict with the General Schedule Qualifications experience, education, and proficiency requirements established by the OPM.

c. Requires contractors to be fully qualified by qualification standards and requirements in accordance with DoDD 8140.01 and this issuance.

d. Utilizes the DCWF, as detailed in DoDD 8140.01, DoDI 8140.02, and this issuance, for standardizing qualification criteria for cyberspace work roles across the DoD.

e. Maintains a total force management perspective when staffing identified and authorized DoD cyberspace workforce positions with qualified DoD civilian employees and Service members, augmented, where appropriate, by contractors in accordance with DoDI 1100.22.

f. Accepts, to the extent appropriate and possible, foundational qualification data from other OSD and DoD Components to maximize reciprocity across the enterprise.

g. Requires cyberspace personnel meet security classification standards and sensitivity levels commensurate with position in accordance with DoDI 5200.02 and DoD Manual 5200.02.