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Federal CIO Council Launches Mentoring Program


GSA #9862

August 22, 2001
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov


Washington, DC - Today, the Chief Information Officers Council announced that it is accepting applications for its new mentoring program. The mentoring program provides enriching assignments for information technology professionals throughout the federal government.

The mentoring program is open to IT professionals at various grade levels who are looking for challenging and interesting opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities by working side-by-side with a CIO mentor.

"The Mentoring Program is extremely key in retention, " said Gloria Parker, CIO, Housing and Urban Development, "We cannot retain our IT professionals if we don't develop them."

Members of the CIO Council have identified temporary assignments compatible with CIO Council goals and support initiatives that will provide the prot�g� with information management experience.

Interested IT professionals are encouraged to submit applications that include a resume, a statement of development plans, and sponsoring agency endorsement. Mentoring program candidates will be interviewed for positions in which they have particular interest. If a prot�g� is offered more than one assignment, s/he may choose the assignment that is most supportive of his/her development goals.

Each mentor, a federal CIO, will approve candidates. Assignments may vary in length and nature, and may include on the job assignments, attendance at conferences, participation in committees, attending Congressional hearings and a host of other on-the-job training experiences.

Mentoring program applications and a list of rotational assignments are available online at http://www.cio.gov. For more information on the program, contact Nora Rice, the Federal CIO Mentoring Program Manager, at (202) 501-0781.