By Jack Moore // 8:59 AM ET
Some members of Congress want to know if the government’s prohibition on pot-smoking federal employees is harming its ability to recruit top cybersecurity talent.
Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., have submitted amendments to two sweeping pieces of cyber information-sharing legislation being considered by the House this week that would require the director of national intelligence to report to Congress on how the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug impacts the government’s cyber-recruiting efforts.
An executive order dating to the Reagan administration outright bans federal employees from toking up -- even off-duty. Prospective job candidates in sensitive positions within both the government and at Beltway contractors are queried about their drug use as part of the security clearance process.
FBI Director James Comey caused a kerfuffle last year when he said he was “grappling” with his agency’s no-tolerance policy for hiring employees who admitted using marijuana within the past three years.
“A lot of the nation’s top computer programmers and hacking gurus are also fond of marijuana,” he said in a May 2014 speech. “I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to ...