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  • IBM Briefing Center (map)
  • 600 14th Street Northwest, 2nd Floor
  • Washington, DC, 20005
  • United States

The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) is pleased to present the 5th Annual Federal IT Career Workshop & Job Shadow Day introducing STEM students to careers and opportunities in Federal Information Technology (IT).

Uncle Sam Needs You.  Here’s why.

The United States government enjoys global leadership, in part due to the contributions of the technologists, scientists, engineers, and innovators who serve our country in high tech roles at agencies ranging from NASA to the FAA.

The need to continue to recruit IT talent comes from the very top of our government.  The President recently enacted an executive order to help the Federal Government attract the brightest minds in technology to work on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.  Over 150 million Americans depend on our government workforce for vital services they need day to day or in time of crisis through natural disasters, veteran’s benefits, and many other programs.

Uncle Sam Needs You.  Here’s how.

Come to AFFIRM’s IT Career Workshop where you’ll learn how to capture your place in government.  Students will hear from IT executives across the Federal government and from past attendees.  Gain exposure to employment opportunities within the Federal workforce, get tips from those who make hiring decisions, learn what the future holds for Federal IT professionals and the opportunity to spend a day in the life of an IT executive.  This is a unique opportunity for students to network with Federal employees and become better prepared for the professional workforce.

"This is one of the best career days that I have ever attended."
-Naftali Fink, University of Maryland Baltimore County student

Job Shadow Day - Scheduled at a later date

Shadow days will be arranged between each student and the matched agency IT professional within two weeks of the career workshop. Students may do shadow days with multiple agencies. Scheduling of the shadow day is flexible to allow students, who may be in classes or undergoing exams, to avoid disrupting their schedules and to allow the agency IT professional to identify particularly interesting days for shadowing.

Please Note: All attendees must bring a government-issued ID to the Federal Career IT Workshop and the scheduled job shadow day. Student IDs will not be sufficient. Acceptable forms of ID include:

●       U.S. passport or foreign government-issued passport

●       U.S. passport card

●       U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)

●       Permanent resident card

●       Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) for the sole purpose of identification

Attendance at Job Shadow Day is subject to agency approval.

In addition, students are asked to bring several copies of their resumes to give to on-site government agency Human Resource representatives for the Federal Career IT Workshop. Also, there will be a special session where students can have their resume reviewed by Industry professionals.

Agenda for IT Career Day

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental breakfast

9:30 - 9:35 a.m. - Welcome from AFFIRM and IBM

  • Donald Fenhagen, Partner, Department of Homeland Security

    Client Leader, Senior Location Executive for IBM Baltimore and

    Central MD

  • Monica Hall, Co-Chair 2019 IT Career and Shadow Day

9:35-9:45 a.m. - Student Address: Why Choose the Federal Government?

  • Howard Whyte, CIO, FDIC

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Plenary Speaker

  • Colleen M. Manaher, Planning, Program, Analysis and

    Evaluation Executive Director, U.S. Customs and Border


10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Federal IT Panel & Federal Job Descriptions

  • Janice Haith, (SES Retired) formerly Deputy Chief

    Information Officer, Department of the Navy

  • Renee Macklin, Director of Information Technology Enterprise

    Services, Department of Commerce (DOC)

  • Edward Mays, Executive Director, Enterprise Data

    Management & Engineering Directorate, U.S. Customs and

    Border Protection (CBP)

  • George Nicol, Contract Holder Relationship Manager, NASA


  • Moderator: Chris Dorobek, Executive Editor, GovLoop’s


11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & Shadowing Sign Up

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - Benefits of Job Shadowing Panel

  • Debi Kessler-Smith, Management and Program Analyst,

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Carlene Ileto, Executive Director, Products and Services

    Delivery Management Office, U.S. Department of Homeland


  • Dr. Pamela McCauley, Program Director, Computer

    Information Science and Engineering Directorate,

    Division of Computer and Networking Systems, National

    Science Foundation

  • Lorenzo Moore, IT Program Management Office Director, FEMA (invited)

  • Albert Pasquarella, Office of the Chief Procurement Office,

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Moderator: Chris Dorobek, Executive Editor, GovLoop’s


1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - Applying for Jobs

  • Leondra Ray, Workforce Development HR Program Manager,

    Office of the Chief Information Officer, US Department of Health

    and Human Services

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Coaching & Resume Reviews

  • Scholarships provided by Cheryl Santiago,

    Get Hired Coach, Inc. www.gethiredcoach.com

The entrance to the building is on 14th Street between the Hamilton and MXDC restaurants. Upon entering the building, walk to the second elevator bay across from the guard's desk and take an elevator to the second floor. 


The Metro Center stop serves the Blue, Orange, Silver, and Red Lines. When exiting Metro Center, take the 13th and G Street exit. At the top of the escalators, turn right then left onto 13th Street. Proceed to F Street and turn right. IBM is one block to the west, located near the corner of 14th and F Streets. 


Parking costs $27 for all day. The parking lot is located on F Street, between 14th and 15th Street and is open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m..