Federal IT Career Workshop

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) (EST)

Description

Opening Doors to Careers in Government

The Federal government is the largest employer in the world with a workforce of more than 2 million strong, dedicated to improving the lives of the American people. The talent recruitment effort is ongoing year to year; in 2020, USAJOBS.gov hosted more than 330,000 job announcements.

As a student, you may wonder if a career in government is for you. Questions about how to apply, what kind of jobs does the government offer, what career paths are available, and will you fit in may be on your mind.

AFFIRM’s annual Federal IT Career Workshop will walk you through the answers to the questions – some of which might surprise you – and open the door to a career with the Federal government.

Join AFFIRM for this workshop as you navigate your path through a career in government.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore programs developed to encourage college graduates to enter government service including the Pathways program that connects students from high school through post-graduate school with career development opportunities.
  • Review the benefits of working for the government including loan department forgiveness, pay equity, flexible work hours, and other work/life enrichments.
  • Learn about the variety of missions and positions available that inspire applicants from technology jobs in law enforcement to research in healthcare to travel to the moon.
  • Discuss programs that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in government hiring such as the Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program.

This is a virtual event.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome & Introduction

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.Keynote: The Pathway to a Government Career

The Federal government is the largest employer in the world with a workforce of more than 2 million strong, dedicated to improving the lives of the American people.
The talent recruitment effort is ongoing year to year; in 2020, USAJOBS.gov hosted over 330,000 job announcements. This keynote will explore the pathway to a government career for you.
  • Dr. Ed Mays, Executive Director, Enterprise Data Management and Engineering Directorate, OIT, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.Surviving the Shift

This session will explore programs that welcome and encourage college graduates to enter government service including the Pathways program that connects students from high school through post-graduate school with career development opportunities.
  • Traci DiMartini, Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Director General Carol Perez, The Bureau of Global Talent Management, U.S. Department of State
  • CDR Krysia Pohl, USCG, Senior Strategic Analyst, CG Advisory Group, U.S. Coast Guard
  • LaKeisha McClendon, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.   Uncle Sam Wants You: Why Work for the Government

As a student, you may wonder if a career in government is for you. Questions about what a Federal career can offer you, what kind of jobs do government agencies offer, what career paths are available, and where can your education fit in may be on your mind. This panel will break it all down for you and tell you how to enter a career in public service.
  • Steve Krauss, HR-QSMO Program Manager Advisor to the Deputy Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
  • David Nelson, Chief Information Officer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Yemi Oshinnaiye, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Many Faces of Technology in Government

Government agencies pursue a wide variety of missions, and applicants can apply for a broad swath of technology jobs from law enforcement to research in healthcare to traveling to the moon. This panel will talk about the day-to-day jobs that support government agency missions.
  • Kenneth Bible, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Benjamin Koshy, Chief Information Security Officer and Director of the Division of Information Security, Indian Health Service
  • Dr. Joseph Ronzio, Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer, Veteran Health Administration
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.   Be a Government Superhero: Facial Recognition, Drones, Ransomware, Fraud

Think working for the government is boring? Some of the coolest agencies in government employ park rangers, wildlife biologist, undercover agents, astronauts, meteorologist, and archaeologist. Government missions are both varied and vital. This panel will explore the emerging technologies that support our nation’s heroes.
  • Michelle Nelson, Acting Deputy Executive Director for the Passenger Systems Program Directorate (PSPD), Office of Information Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Anthony Perry, Acting Executive Director, TSA Analysis and Engineering, Transportation Security Administration
12:45 – 1:00 p.m.   Participant Q&A

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks


Virtual
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) (EST)
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