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Materials for March 2019 EWF COI meeting

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Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest
March 14, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.

Featured Topic: NSF’s Career Compass Challenge: Preparing Yourself and Your Workforce for the Future

March Meeting Agenda
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Updates from COI Leadership
  • Presentation: NSF’s Career Compass Challenge: Preparing Yourself and Your Workforce for the Future
Presentation Background

The National Science Foundation is using crowd-sourcing to help them develop an innovative career pathing tool for their Government workforce.  This initiative follows on the Presidential Management Agenda’s CAP Goal 3 – Building A Workforce for the 21st Century, subgoal 2: reskilling and redeploying human capital resources.  Through this effort, the NSF is leading the federal government in preparing its workforce for the massive technology changes that will affect how work is done, and the work itself.

How is NSF showing this leadership? Through their Career Compass Challenge launched late last year, NSF has asked industry to help them imagine a mechanism that rapidly enables an individual to match their skills and interests to current and future work opportunities, by leveraging advanced technologies which incorporate learning and development needs (traditional, non-traditional, and experiential). This mechanism will also provide direct access to options for obtaining relevant expertise that prepares an individual for new work opportunities. By helping individuals achieve their personal goals, the federal government should be well positioned to support on-board workers transitioning in sync with technology changes. In this session, you will learn:

  • What are the main elements of the Career Compass Challenge?
  • What are the major milestones and current status of the Career Compass Challenge?
  • How will the Career Compass Challenge enable individuals and agencies to be ready for rapid technological change?

Dorothy Aronson, Chief Information Officer, National Science Foundation
Ms. Aronson was named the Chief Information Officer for the National Science Foundation in January 2018 after serving for almost six months as both the Acting CIO and as the Director for the Division of Information Systems within the Office of Information and Resource Management.  Ms. Aronson is uniquely positioned to effect positive change and build upon years of foundational IT Governance groundwork already in place.  In her role as the Director for the Division of Information Systems since 2011, Ms. Aronson also acted as the NSF Deputy CIO, facilitating the linkage of mission and strategy to IT tools which enable the Foundation to manage the full lifecycle of proposals and awards.  Ms. Aronson is a highly skilled and gifted creative thinker, strategist, and artist; and, was recognized in 2013 as one of the FCW Fed 100 for her mastery of innovation and for her ability to effectively engage her staff around a common vision for cutting-edge IT in support of NSF-funded cutting-edge research. Ms. Aronson’s deep understanding of IT, coupled with her commitment to the NSF mission, its employees and to the American taxpayer, have been instrumental in her ability to manage an organization of over 300 talented IT innovators who feel equally engaged, connected, and empowered to find creative solutions to IT’s most challenging dilemmas.  Prior to her time at NSF, Ms. Aronson served as the Director for the Office of Management Operations for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.  She holds a Business degree from Duke University and is committed to lifelong learning.

Robyn Rees, Senior IT Governance & Strategy Advisor, National Science Foundation
Robyn Rees serves as a strategic advisor for the NSF Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Division of Information Systems (DIS). In this capacity, she leverages her deep understanding of the formulation, planning, execution and oversight of the Agency’s IT budget, as well as IT operations, to facilitate packaging of ideas and communication across all levels of the agency. Robyn is skilled at articulating use cases for advanced technology insertions that resonate with non-technology business leaders. She encourages an approach to technology conversations that incorporates a deliberate and thoughtful conversation about the organizational impacts of IT, particularly its impacts on the workforce.

Supplemental Readings

Federal News Network Interview with Dorothy Aronson and Robyn Rees on Federal Career Challenge

Link to NSF Career Compass Challenge on Challenge.Gov website


Document Date: 
Mar 13, 2019
Author (organization): 
ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce COI
Document type: 
ACT-IAC Internal
Workforce Management