FedMentors Starts a Movement to Educate and Inspire the Next Generation of Government Leaders

Mar 14, 2011, 06:03 ET from FedScoop

New FedScoop video outreach project addresses changing demographics of Federal workforce, features career advice from top government leaders

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 14, FedScoop will launch FedMentors, a new video project that leverages lessons-learned from top federal executives and helps "educate and inspire the next generation of government leaders."

As part of the initiative, one new "FedMentor of the Week" will be featured each Wednesday on FedMentors.com (http://fedmentors.com). FedScoop is also coordinating ideas for a "National FedMentors Day," Friday, April 22, to encourage the federal government community to celebrate and connect with one another on career and leadership related issues. A FedMentors awards ceremony is scheduled for late 2011.

"FedMentors is our way of giving back to our community. When I heard about the number of federal employees up for retirement over the next 5-7 years and how agencies are struggling to attract new talent, I wanted to find a way to bridge the leadership gap by creating a platform for today's federal executives to share career best practices and management advice with the next generation of leaders," said FedScoop Founder & CEO Goldy Kamali.

According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, there are:

  • 2,112,277 Federal Employees
  • 956,613 Federal Employees are eligible to retire in the next 5 years
  • 227,990 Federal Employees are under 30 years old
  • 1,000,000 is the Estimated Number of Federal Job Openings within the next 5 years

With close to 50% of the Federal workforce eligible for retirement within the next 5 years, agencies are trying to attract young new talent considering there is estimated to be 1 million jobs opening over the next 5 years. Currently, only 10% of Federal employees are under 30. The premise of FedMentors is to interview current top government leaders to share management and career best practices, tips and advice with the next generation of government leaders.

Quotes from the video series:

Roger Baker, CIO and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs:

"What I found is you can't get the same challenges in private sector that you get in government. If you're willing to give back ... you can do outstanding things for your career coming into the government and running something 10 to 100 times larger than the private sector would give you the opportunity to do, and that's a real career enhancer."

David Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense:

"The prize here is the opportunity to serve. You can make a difference. You can have an interesting set of jobs that are relevant to the future and have leadership opportunities."

Participating leaders include:

  • David Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Dept. of Defense
  • Dave McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA
  • Roger Baker, CIO & Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Todd Park, CTO, Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Peter Levin, CTO & Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Vance Hitch, CIO, Dept. of Justice
  • Peter Tseronis, CTO, Dept. of Energy
  • Gary Galloway, Deputy Director, Information Assurance, State Dept.
  • Martha Dorris, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA
  • Sonny Bhagowalia, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA
  • Patrick Howard, Chief Information Security Officer, Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Jonathan Alboum, CIO, USDA
  • Brig. Gen. Steven Spano, Director of Communications, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base
  • Bobbie Stempfley, Director of National CyberSecurity Division, DHS
  • Donna Dodson, Deputy Chief CyberSecurity Advisor, NIST
  • Michael Kane, Chief Human Capital Officer, Dept. of Energy

About FedScoop:

FedScoop is a Government IT media company, a one stop news source and the government IT community's platform for education and collaboration. FedScoop gathers top leaders from The White House, federal agencies, academia and the tech industry to discuss ways technology can improve government, and to exchange best practices and identify ways to achieve common goals. Our websites include: FedScoop.com, FedTalks.com, FedScoop.TV, FedMentors.com.

For Press Inquiries:

Brooke Mahoney

FedScoop

202-230-9232

brooke.mahoney@fedscoop.com



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