December 7, 2023

The HHS Workplace of the Chief Data Officer (OCIO) is dedicated to rising its leaders via skilled growth. 

HHS Chief Data Officer Karl S. Mathias, Ph.D. explains, “It’s mutually useful for workers and OCIO when group members decide to rising their abilities, broadening their data, and benefiting from studying alternatives.  As an govt chief, encouraging skilled growth helps me fill gaps within the office, but additionally helps and elevates employees to assist get them the place they wish to go of their careers.  That help interprets right into a happier workforce with loyal staff.  This is only one means that OCIO maintains its standing as an ‘employer of alternative’ inside the HHS and Federal IT communities.”

Two OCIO staff accomplished month-long skilled growth applications this spring and have since returned to work extra engaged and excited to convey value efficient, safe, revolutionary, and well timed IT options and companies to handle the breadth of urgent human companies and well being care challenges throughout HHS program customers and stakeholders.

Harvard Kennedy College Senior Government Fellow Program

Bobby Flanders was the only real HHS graduate from the April 2023 Cohort of the Senior Government Fellows (SEF) program on the John F. Kennedy College of Authorities at Harvard College.  The skilled growth program is designed to sharpen management and managerial abilities for federal civilians on the GS-14 and GS-15 grade ranges.

The SEF program is without doubt one of the OCIO’s aggressive management growth alternatives and gives members the chance to study from Harvard college, together with former presidential cupboard members, Nationwide Safety Council leaders, former political leaders, and trade and thought leaders.  This system additionally gives an unparalleled alternative to community with different senior leaders from numerous industries, sectors, and nations, facilitating a novel change of concepts and views.

Bobby spent over 100 hours in classroom instruction (lectures, case research and simulations) and an equal period of time in studying and exterior coursework, pushing him to assume critically, creatively, and strategically.  The case methodology pioneered by Harvard provided a hands-on method that allowed him to use what they’ve realized to real-world conditions and develop the talents mandatory to guide successfully in right this moment’s fast-paced society.

“I at all times knew my work was valued by my supervisors, however my engagement with different SEF classmates confirmed me simply how essential the work of OCIO is to reinforce the well being and well-being of all Individuals,” mentioned Bobby.  “I’m deeply grateful to HHS and OCIO for sending me on this transformative expertise and supporting my efforts to turn into a greater chief.”

Bobby at the moment serves because the Deputy Chief of Workers in OCIO’s Instant Workplace.  He manages a group that’s liable for all points of OCIO’s inner and exterior communications; inner controls/audit liaison, FOIA e-mail searches, administrative help, and activity administration.

The subsequent cohort of the Senior Executive Fellows program is shortly approaching.  OCIO encourages staff to debate along with your supervisor and attain out to Bobby to get the within scoop from a latest graduate.

Federal Government Institute Management for a Democratic Society

Jaime Robinson graduated from the March/April 2023 Cohort of the Federal Government Institute (FEI) Management for a Democratic Society (LDS) program together with HHS employees from the Administration for Preparedness and Response, the Meals and Drug Administration, and the Nationwide Institutes of Well being.  This skilled growth program prepares senior authorities leaders on the GS-15 and SES degree for right this moment’s complicated challenges.

The LDS program is designed to organize senior-level authorities executives for the complicated challenges of management.  By way of knowledgeable instruction and experiential studying, this system develops the capability for visionary leaders who can remodel their organizations and authorities.  LDS prepares senior-level leaders for right this moment’s complicated challenges, together with elevated vital self-awareness; enhanced management and administration strengths and areas for enchancment within the areas of group constructing, strategic pondering, influencing/negotiating, political savvy, and exterior consciousness; enhanced capacity to determine issues and plan for motion to enhance group efficiency; and improved capacity to leverage the varied abilities of the Federal workforce.

Leveraging the experience and expertise of every govt, the LDS establishes a studying group the place the members and college are each academics and learners. Anchored in present management principle, the core curriculum is aligned with OPM’s Government Core {Qualifications} and Management Competencies.  Along with the core curriculum, Jaime accomplished a number of introspective assignments, an motion studying challenge, and produced plans to rework himself and OCIO.

“I wish to specific my heartfelt gratitude for being chosen to attend the FEI coaching program,” mentioned Jaime.  “I’m really humbled and appreciative of the chance I used to be afforded to satisfy with and study from different leaders inside the federal authorities.  This invaluable expertise has enhanced my management abilities and can permit me to contribute to the expansion and success of HHS and OCIO.  I imagine that my attendance on the senior govt coaching will allow me to convey contemporary perception and revolutionary approaches to my group.”

Jaime at the moment serves as Director of Governance, Technique & Coverage withing OCIO’s Workplace of Enterprise Companies.

The subsequent cohort of the Leadership for a Democratic Society program is shortly approaching.  OCIO encourages staff to debate along with your supervisor and attain out to Jaime for a latest graduate perspective on what to anticipate throughout this system.