September 21, 2023

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

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

Two OCIO staff accomplished month-long skilled growth packages this spring and have since returned to work extra engaged and excited to carry price efficient, safe, modern, 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 Faculty Senior Government Fellow Program

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

The SEF program is among the OCIO’s aggressive management growth alternatives and provides members the chance to be taught from Harvard college, together with former presidential cupboard members, Nationwide Safety Council leaders, former political leaders, and trade and thought leaders.  This system additionally offers an unparalleled alternative to community with different senior leaders from various industries, sectors, and nations, facilitating a singular alternate 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 essential to steer successfully in at the 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 necessary 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 out to be a greater chief.”

Bobby at the moment serves because the Deputy Chief of Employees in OCIO’s Fast Workplace.  He manages a crew that’s accountable for all elements of OCIO’s inner and exterior communications; inner controls/audit liaison, FOIA electronic mail searches, administrative help, and process administration.

The following 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 at the moment’s advanced challenges.

The LDS program is designed to organize senior-level authorities executives for the advanced challenges of management.  By means of professional 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 at the moment’s advanced challenges, together with elevated essential self-awareness; enhanced management and administration strengths and areas for enchancment within the areas of crew constructing, strategic considering, influencing/negotiating, political savvy, and exterior consciousness; enhanced skill to establish issues and plan for motion to enhance group efficiency; and improved skill to leverage the varied abilities of the Federal workforce.

Leveraging the experience and expertise of every government, the LDS establishes a studying group the place the members and school 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 remodel himself and OCIO.

“I want to categorical 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 fulfill with and be taught from different leaders inside the federal authorities.  This invaluable expertise has enhanced my management expertise and can permit me to contribute to the expansion and success of HHS and OCIO.  I imagine that my attendance on the senior government coaching will allow me to carry contemporary perception and modern approaches to my group.”

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

The following 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.