SEC. 201. Increasing human resource team literacy in artificial intelligence.
(a) Department of Defense.—
(1) TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM REQUIRED.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall develop a training and certification program on software development, data science, and artificial intelligence that is tailored to the needs of the covered human resources workforce.
(2) REQUIREMENTS.—The course required by paragraph (1) shall—
(A) provide a generalist’s introduction to software development and business processes, data management practices relating to machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence workforce roles; and
(B) address hiring options and processes available for software developers, data scientists, and artificial intelligence professionals, including direct hiring authorities, excepted service authorities, the Intergovernmental Personnel Act of 1970 (42 U.S.C. 4701 et seq.), and authorities for hiring special government employees and highly qualified experts.
(3) OBJECTIVE.—It shall be the objective of the Department of Defense to provide the training course developed pursuant to paragraph (1) to the covered human resources workforce in such a manner that—
(A) in the first year, 20 percent of the workforce is certified as having successfully completed the course; and
(B) in each year thereafter, an additional 10 percent of the workforce is certified, until the Department achieves and maintains a status in which 80 percent of the covered human resources workforce is so certified.
(b) Other national security agencies.—The Secretary of Defense shall work with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, or the head of any element of the intelligence community to offer the training and certification program developed pursuant to subsection (a) to employees of other national security agencies and to encourage the heads of such agencies to achieve a level of certification comparable to the objectives established for the Department of Defense.
(c) Definitions.—In this section:
(1) The term “covered human resources workforce” means human resources professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters who are or will be responsible for hiring software developers, data scientists, or artificial intelligence professionals.
(2) The term “intelligence community” has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003).
(d) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Defense to carry out subsection (a) $2,500,000 for fiscal year 2021.