CIGIE Interagency Fellowship Program
CIGIE Interagency Fellowship Program (CIFP)
The CIGIE Interagency Fellows Program is designed to broaden perspectives of GS‐13‐15 participants and prepare them for future challenges. The program provides each Fellow a temporary senior level interagency assignment (6‐months) to help develop or enhance specific leadership competencies identified by both the Fellow and his/her home agency Supervisor. These competencies align with the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and would be outlined in the Fellow's Individual Development Plan (IDP). To complement and facilitate the rotation assignment, an Executive/SES mentorship/sponsorship component by home OIGs is also built into this program; to provide executive review of IDP development and facilitate smooth transitions both, into and from, the host OIG for the Fellow.
Beyond the above, the Fellows program supports the agency’s strategic plan and performance objectives; allows for expansion or enhancement of an employee’s current job; enables an employee to perform needed or potentially needed duties outside their current job; and meets current/future organizational needs in response to human resources plans.
OIG participation in this program is voluntary. An OIG may host a Fellow, send a Fellow, both, or neither. CIGIE’s staff role is to help coordinate and facilitate agency participation and then evaluate the program in meetings its objectives. The initiative relies on maximum flexibility afforded individual OIG agencies to customize the program to advance their own strategic goals in succession planning, workforce development, and to further the individual performance objectives of their own aspiring executive leaders.
The CIGIE Interagency Fellows Program provides selected IG community employees with opportunities to expand their leadership competencies, broaden their organizational experiences, and foster professional networks. Specifically, the program aims to:
- Deliver a collaborative, cross‐OIG temporary (6‐month) senior level assignment opportunity that fosters growth and development, especially in the areas related to needed OPM’s SES ECQs.
- Expose the Fellows to executive‐level mentorship/sponsorship during the rotation assignment.
- Expand the Fellows' experience, either within or outside of their current area of expertise.
- Offer engaging cohort events and activities that allow Fellows to network with peers and executives from other OIGs.
- Expose Fellows to new operational procedures within other OIGs; thereby cultivating the exchange of best practices.
Program Process and Components
- With CIGIE PDC and Executive Council approval, a program announcement will be made to the IG community seeking up to 15 rotation assignment opportunities. These would be full‐time temporary positions from OIGs who seek to host one, or more, of the CIGIE Fellows. At the same time, OIGs are solicited to nominate GS13 ‐ GS15 staff who Supervisors believe would benefit from a senior level inter‐agency 6‐month assignment, complimented by Executive‐level mentorship opportunity by the home OIG.
- The target cohort start date is between April and June 2017, with the rotational assignments ending between October and December 2017.
- Home OIGs develop, negotiate, and approve the Fellow’s IDP.
- Approved candidates identify their preferred interagency assignments in order of preference but host OIGs, in consultation with the CIGIE IFP Program Manager, make the final decision on which Fellow is selected to which OIG based on the needs of the Host OIG, qualifications of the Fellow and stated preferences of the Fellow.
- Host and Home OIGs collaboratively define the goals, responsibilities, training, travel, and other factors associated with the rotation assignment.
- Host and home OIGs sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining assignment terms.
- Home OIG assigns an executive‐level mentor to their Fellow to support the assignment from beginning to end of assignment; to include a smooth transition of Fellow back to home OIG.
- Once an assignment is negotiated and finalized, the Fellow, OIG home and host supervisors, program liaisons, and CIGIE IFP program staff, participate in an orientation seminar designed to improve the rotation assignment outcomes and manage expectations prior to the actual start of the assignment.
- CIGIE Training Institute facilitates a number of developmental activities for the cohort of Fellows to participate in as a group during the program.
- There will be a least two meetings between the CIGIE program staff and OIG Program Liaisons to address emerging issues, share best practices and contribute to program improvement.
- Host OIG supervisors provide feedback to the Fellows and home supervisors on performance.
- Fellows transition back into their home agencies at the end of the fellowship.
Roles & Responsibilities
COUNCIL OF THE INSPECTORS GENERAL ON INTEGRITY AND EFFICIENCY
- Facilitates an interagency fellows program to develop high potential talent and develop stronger relationships across OIGs.
- Oversees, assesses, and provides strategic direction to the program.
- Appoints a volunteer Program Manager to manage day‐to‐day operations of the program.
PARTICIPANT (“CIGIE Fellow”)
- Complete a Statement of Interest Form.
- Ensure work transition and continuity in home office.
- Sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
- Work with home agency supervisor to add fellowship goals to annual performance plan.
- Help create an IDP with home supervisor to identify the leadership competencies the Fellow will develop or enhance during the fellowship.
- Coordinate with the home and host supervisors to set goals for the temporary assignment and actively pursue tasks that lead toward the fulfillment of those goals and contribute to the mission of both home and host OIG.
- Maintain contact with the home supervisor on relevant administrative matters and progress throughout the fellowship.
- Actively work with the executive‐level mentor throughout fellowship period; including transition back to home OIG.
- Establish relationships and expand professional networks within the host organization and with others in the cohort/IG community.
- Document experience for professional use and application upon returning to home OIG.
HOME AND HOST OIG AGENCY
- Appoints an agency POC (Program Liaison) to coordinate the program within their OIG.
- Internally requests, screens, and competitively nominates candidates to the Fellows program.
- Develops and promulgate appropriate Fellowship assignment opportunities.
- Reviews and signs the Memorandum of Understanding governing the fellowship upon matching a Fellow nominee to an assignment.
HOME OIG EXECUTIVE LEVEL MENTOR
- Provide input for developing the Fellow’s IDP in coordination with the home OIG supervisor.
- Facilitate induction into the interagency assignment and transition back to the home OIG upon completion of the assignment.
- Mentor the Fellow during the rotation assignment in a manner deemed useful and appropriate by the home OIG.
HOME OIG SUPERVISOR
- Assist in developing the Fellow’s IDP.
- Coordinate assignment of an SES/equivalent to your Fellow. In consultation with host OIG Supervisor, establishes plan for how performance will be evaluated during the assignment.
- Arrange transition of the Fellow’s work during the temporary assignment.
- Continue to actively engage with the Fellow and work closely with host supervisor on performance inputs.
- Support the Fellows’ formal transition back to their home OIG.
HOST OIG SUPERVISOR
- Provide a work space, computer, phone, and building access and arranges any necessary training or travel.
- Support the Fellow’s development throughout the entire fellowship including access to senior leadership.
- Assign meaningful developmental assignments, tasks, and duties based on the specific leadership competencies identified by the Fellow and the home supervisor in the IDP.
- Evaluate Fellow’s progress throughout the entire term of the fellowship and provides frequent feedback/coaching to Fellow.
- At the midpoint of the fellowship, communicate with home supervisor on the Fellow’s performance and progress toward goals.
- Submit final performance review inputs to both the Fellow and to the home supervisor near or upon completion of fellowship. However, the home supervisor always retains complete control and final say over the Fellow’s formal appraisal.
HOME AND HOST OIG AGENCY PROGRAM LIAISON
- Serves as primary POC for your OIG for participating OIGs, and CIGIE program staff.
- Coordinates administrative requirements for incoming and outgoing Fellows.
- Serves as their agency representative on a Fellows Program Liaison Workgroup.
Q. What is the purpose of the CIGIE Interagency Fellows Program?
The CIGIE Interagency Fellows Program enables leaders and potential leaders from member OIGs to broaden their organizational experience, expand their leadership competencies, and foster networks. Specifically, the program aims to:
- Deliver a collaborative, cross‐OIG program that fosters growth and development, especially in the areas covered by the ECQs.
- Enhance the Fellows' leadership competencies through a meaningful fellowship assignment outside of their current agencies.
- Expand the Fellows' interagency experience and networks, either within or outside their current area of expertise.
- Offer engaging and insightful interagency cohort events that allow the Fellows to network with others in their cohort and senior executives.
- Expose the Fellows to the operational procedures of other OIGs; thereby, cultivating the exchange of best practices.
Q. What is the target audience for the Fellows program?
Participation is limited to high‐potential GS 13‐15 employees who would benefit from a challenging assignment outside of their employing OIG.
Q. Which agencies are eligible participate in the program?
All CIGIE member OIGs are eligible and encouraged to participate in the program. Cohort size is limited to no more than 15 Fellows for the 2017 class.
Q. Will Fellows be promoted because of or at the completion of their fellowship?
Participation in the CIGIE Interagency Fellows Program is for developmental and training purposes and does not obligate management to promote the Fellow upon return to the home office.
INFORMATION ABOUT FELLOWSHIPS
Q. How long is the fellowship?
Fellowships are 6‐months in duration. If there are compelling needs, the home and host OIGs may tailor the length of the fellowship, but the duration may not exceed 12‐months.
Q. What happens to the Fellow’s current position while participating in the fellowship?
The Fellow’s position of record remains the same during the course of the fellowship; however, the home agency supervisor should assign the Fellow’s duties to other personnel during his/her fellowship.
Q. What are the roles and responsibilities for the fellows?
The Fellow is to learn and grow from the experiences guided by an IDP based on the OPM’s ECQs. The Fellow should develop the IDP with the home supervisor and discuss it with the host supervisor; complete the work assigned; participate in cohort activities; maintain a relationship with the home OIG, and ensure that his/her annual performance plan includes fellowship goals.
Q. What are the responsibilities of supervisors, executive mentor/sponsor, and program staff?
- The home supervisor will arrange to transition the Fellow’s work during the fellowship assignment, assist in developing the Fellow’s IDP, proactively seek performance input from the host supervisor, and clearly convey how performance will be evaluated upon return. The home supervisor is responsible for the Fellow’s performance reviews, time and attendance, and other human capital needs that may arise.
- The host supervisor will assign meaningful work and developmental activities. They will provide the Fellow with a work space, computer, phone, building access, and the travel and training expenses required to achieve assigned objectives. They should discuss the Fellow’s work products and deliverables, as well as provide performance feedback and guidance. They will also provide performance input to the home supervisor upon completion of the fellowship.
- The executive level mentor role is to coordinate with the home OIG supervisor to develop an IDP that addresses appropriate ECQs and facilitate induction and transition back to the home OIG. The method, style, frequency and duration of mentoring activities is solely at the home OIG’s discretion.
- The CIGIE program manager, will ensure CIGIE policy, rules, objectives, and procedures established for the program are implemented. The program manager will actively advocate for participation across the CIGIE community and coordinate with participating OIGs throughout the program. The Program Manager will coordinate meaningful cohort learning and networking opportunities.
Q. Who will conduct the performance review?
The home OIG supervisor of record will conduct performance reviews. The Fellow should work with the host OIG supervisor to outline the goals of the fellowship and discuss those with the home supervisor at the beginning of the fellowship. Agreement should be reached among the two Supervisors (home and host) before the fellow’s assignment commences. The host supervisor will provide feedback to the Fellow and the home supervisor of record periodically, and in writing at the end of the fellowship. The home supervisor, using the inputs as he/she deem fit in the final analysis of a final official performance appraisal.
Q. How will the interagency fellowship be reflected in the year-end performance review?
The host OIG Supervisor provides inputs to the home Supervisor for consideration in the Fellow’s annual performance appraisal. However, the home supervisor is accountable and the responsible officer, throughout.
The Fellowship nomination deadline was May 15, 2017. We are no longer accepting Fellow nominations for the 2017 cohort but encourage you to check back early in 2018 for information on the 2018 cohort.
Agency and Office: DOJ, Performance Management
Agency and Office: Peace Corps, OIG
Agency and Office: SEC, Deputy IG for Audits, Evaluations, and Special Projects
Agency and Office: USDA, Office of Management
Agency and Office: GSA, Internal Communications
Agency and Office: GSA, Office of Audits
Agency and Office: SSA, Office of Investigations’ Electronic Intelligence Center
Agency and Office: SSA, Records Management/Budget and Logistics
Agency and Office: SSA, Office of the Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG)
This opportunity is not restricted to attorneys. We would welcome any Fellow that expresses an interest.
Agency and Office: USAID, Learning and Development
Agency and Office: USAID, Immediate Office/Quality Assurance and Review (QAR) Division
Agency and Office: DoD, Special Plans and Operations
Agency and Office: State, Office of Audits
Agency and Office: State, Office of Inspections
Agency and Office: CIGIE, Training Institute / Leadership & Mission Support Academy
Agency and Office: DHS OIG, Risk Assessments
Agency and Office: DHS OIG, Mission Support
Agency and Office: Department of Energy, Strategic Planning/Immediate Office to the IG
Agency and Office: DOJ, Evaluations and Inspections Division
Agency and Office: DoD, SPI
Agencies may continue to submit Fellowship opportunities to their CIGIE IFP liaison through May 10th.
CIFP Liaison Resources
- Program Description
- Interagency Fellowship Program Memorandum of Understanding Template (Word)
- 2017 CIGIE Fellowship Position Description (fillable)
- 2017 CIFP Application
- Nomination Requirements
Matching a nominee with an interagency fellowship assignment involves several steps requiring coordination between the home and host OIGs, and Interagency Fellows Program (IFP) Office.
Upon being nominated, employees will rank, in order of preference the top 3 available assignments they qualify for. Some assignments may have special qualification requirements such as security clearances, medical requirements, etc. An OIG employee’s nomination to the Fellowship program by their home OIG does not guarantee placement in any particular interagency assignment. Adapting to change and mobility within and between agencies are desirable senior executive attributes. OIG employees accepting a nomination into the IFP are expected to accept an interagency assignment offered by a hosting OIG.
Hosting OIGs will review all Fellowship nominee packets, conduct interviews as necessary and tender placement offers through the IFP office to the nominee’s Home OIG. Hosting OIGs will have final discretion on accepting or rejecting any particular nominee. The IFP office will, through due diligence, attempt to facilitate the placement of all nominees into an interagency assignment taking into consideration, to the extent practical, the nominees stated preferences.
Home OIG Program Liaison:
- Direct each nominee to view current fellowship opportunities at the IFP’s “Fellow Opportunities” webpage (to be provided later) and rank in order of preference their top 5.
- Submit each nominee’s statement of interest, resume, and other supporting documentation (if required) to the IFP Office.
- Coordinate with the Host OIG Program Liaisons throughout the entire matching process to set up interviews when requested by the Hosting OIG.
- Coordinate with Host OIG Program Liaison to finalize MOUs for finalized accepted offers.
Host OIG Program Liaison:
- Receive each qualified nominee’s statements of interest, resume, and supporting documentation from the IFP Office.
- Review, rank, and submit a certificate of selectees to the IFP Office for each interagency assignment.
- Coordinate with each nominee’s Home OIG Program Liaison to set up interviews when required.
- Notify the IFP Office of scheduled interviews and meeting dates.
- Coordinate with Host OIG Program Liaison to finalize MOUs for finalized accepted offers
If you need further assistance matching a nominee to a fellowship, please contact the CIFP Program Management.
CIGIE L&MS Academy, CIGIE Training Institute
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March 3, 2017
Meet the 2017 CIGIE Fellows
Adeline Agbedo is a senior auditor with the Department of Energy – Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG), Germantown Audit Group. As part of the DOE-OIG team, she aims to inspire public confidence in the integrity and security of agency programs by conducting reviews, audits and evaluations that promote the economy and efficiency of DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration’s programs and operations. Her division conducts performance audits of the Department’s corporate level programs and operations and develops risk assessment reports for certain risk areas, including project, contract and procurement management.
Adeline performs audits and evaluations of the Department’s programs and operations in accordance with OIG policies/procedures and auditing standards. Her responsibilities include, ensuring the appropriateness of the data gathered, analytical method employed, reasonableness of audit conclusions and observations; and communicating the audit observations or findings in a concise and clear manner, etc. She is always looking for ways to effect positive change and audits/evaluations of program effectiveness and efficiency is one of the many ways she’s been able to impact agency operations. In addition, living in different continents as a military spouse, has helped hone her ability to work with individuals from all works of life and she has a knack for effectively communicating program goals and gaining consensus that deliver results, no matter the project. Adeline received her B.S in Accounting, with honors, from National University and a MBA from University of Maryland University College. This will be Adeline’s first experience as a Fellow and hopes that the Fellowship will help develop her ability to act as a catalyst for organizational change.
Joseph Aiosa is a Special Agent in the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General (SSA/OIG). Joseph began his federal law enforcement career 23 years ago with the U.S. Secret Service and was assigned in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. For the past 17 years, Joseph has held various positions with SSA/OIG, most recently assigned as the Assistant to the Special Agent-in-Charge in the Cooperative Disability Investigations Division. In this capacity, he oversaw 39 Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) units covering 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. During his tenure, the CDI Program has grown by 11 CDI units and 5 states. In 2017, Joseph received the Assistant Inspector General’s Award and SSA Deputy Commissioner for Operations Award. Joseph received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore. Placement: U.S. Agency for International Development
Fara Damelin currently serves as Director, Office of Investigations Legal Division for the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General (NSF OIG), and has been an Investigative Attorney with NSF OIG since August 2003. In addition to supervising a staff of seven investigative attorneys, she is responsible for investigating allegations of civil, criminal, and administrative wrongdoing related to NSF programs and operations, including theft and misuse of NSF grant funds, and for referring matters to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for civil and criminal prosecution. As part of NSF OIG outreach efforts, Ms. Damelin has provided numerous presentations to grant recipients, professional organizations, and university groups on the IG mission, responsible treatment of federal funds, fraud schemes identified in small business grant programs, and the significant benefits of voluntary compliance programs at recipient institutions. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for the Inspector General Academy, and provides grant fraud training and outreach to the DOJ and IG communities. Prior to joining the NSF OIG staff, Ms. Damelin served for eight years as an employment attorney in the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel, representing that agency in discrimination complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and adverse action appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board. Ms. Damelin received a BA in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, and received her JD from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1994. She has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2008.
Kristopher Brash Dixon currently serves as a GS-13 Inspector (Program Analyst) in the Evaluation and Inspections Division with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. He is responsible for examining issues throughout the Department of Justice and providing recommendations for needed improvements. His primary duties include representing the Office of the Inspector General during the course of program reviews, qualitative and quantitate analysis, and providing relevant information to management to assist in the decision making process. Based on feedback received from staff, he has worked with management in the Evaluation and Inspections Division to address employee engagement.
Before his tenure at the Office of the Inspector General, Mr. Brash Dixon served as an intern for the Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from Howard University. As a student at Howard University, Mr. Brash Dixon oversaw the operations of a college dormitory housing 200 students and managed 10 professional and student staff members.
Mr. Brash Dixon applied for the CIGIE Interagency Fellowship Program to gain the opportunity to broaden his skills and further develop his leadership capabilities. He hopes that the Fellowship program will allow him to identify and share best practices between members of the fellowship cohort, and the IG community. He knows that collaborating with members of other OIGs will help in further developing the mission of CIGIE. It will enable him to leverage his knowledge and experience, with the knowledge and experience of others in the cohort in order to further grow in his career.
Mr. Brash Dixon experience has taught him to “Strive for Excellence” in all that he does. He believes his past experience has shown him that with determination and the write tools he can overcome any obstacle. This fellowship will help provide him the tools to further his career and continue to be an asset for an organization.
Christine Fagioletti currently serves as a GS-13 Program Analyst as part of the Medical Assessment Division with The Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Special Plans and Operations. Her division works to evaluate healthcare and public health initiatives that serve the warfighter. One responsibility of her role is to serve as the executive officer for project teams. To fulfill this duty she has contributed to project design, coordination of site visits, creation of work papers, program evaluation, data analysis, and development of findings and recommendations. Her achievements in this role include a CIGIE Award for Excellence as part of the DoDSER Data Quality Assessment Team, 2015, and the Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations, Annual Award for Individual Special Achievement, 2014.
Christine applied for the CIGIE Interagency Fellowship Program because she wants to gain a broader understanding of impacts the oversight community has across the federal government, and how effective leadership can enable oversight agencies to meet their mission.
Christine says, "I have worked toward my goal of advancing health policy and public health by working to improve the effectiveness of health and healthcare systems. I hope to gain a broader understanding of other areas in the oversight community, and how they use oversight as an agent to improve effectiveness in the federal government through the CIGIE Interagency Fellowship Program. During the fellowship I hope to develop skills such as how to be an agent for change, hone my business acumen, and learn best practices in leading others in order to prepare me for future leadership opportunities in the oversight community."
Nichole Fleming currently serves as a GS-14-1811, Special Agent of the Investigations Division with the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Washington Field Office. She is responsible for utilizing specialized investigative skills to plan, conduct and document quality, timely investigations that are complete and thorough. Her division serves as the investigative arm of the OIG, responsible for investigating alleged violations of fraud, abuse, and integrity laws that govern DOJ employees, operations, grantees, and contractors. Investigations Division Special Agents develop cases for criminal prosecution, civil, or administrative action. She prepares and edits Reports of Investigation, Memoranda of Investigation, applications for search and seizure warrants, applications for IG subpoenas and Procedural Reform Recommendations. Her primary duties involve conducting interviews; collecting physical, documentary and electronic evidence; conducting research and database queries in support of investigations; executing arrest warrants; and testifying before grand juries and other court proceedings.
Nichole has applied for the CIGIE Interagency Fellowship Program to further develop her leadership and management skills and to increase her knowledge of the overall federal government.
By interacting with leaders, employees and the missions of other agencies through the CIFP, Nichole believes she will gain a broader understanding of a wider range of methods for leading people, developing coalitions and achieving results. This increased understanding will contribute to her further development in gaining more of a "big picture" perspective. Additionally, it would allow her to share that knowledge and experience with other members of the DOJ/OIG through her increased abilities to be an informal or formal leader or mentor.
Alex Rzasa currently serves in the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, and his foremost interest is law enforcement cybersecurity. Earlier in his Federal career, Alex also protected our nation’s Social Security safety net by assisting with the appellate operations of one of the world’s largest public insurance benefits programs. During prior practice as an attorney, he zealously defended the interests of local non-profit organizations and businesses, both by litigating and by helping clients create forward-thinking risk management strategies. In addition to his private sector IT work, Alex has applied his technical and legal knowledge at the Maryland General Assembly, where he assisted lawmakers from both parties by drafting legislation, providing policy research and analysis, and staffing the Joint Technology Oversight Committee as well as the Business, Technology, and Economic Development Workgroup. Alex has received numerous performance awards, including OIG awards for civil monetary penalty enforcement as well as for spearheading a new cybersecurity initiative and investigatory IT solution. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. A past associate editor of the Maryland Law Review, Alex holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Placement: USDA OIG
Elizabeth Sweetland is an attorney who has worked in the Inspector General community for over 5 years. Her combined service to the military and the civil service spans over 25 years. Her areas of expertise are federal appropriations law, ethics, the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, as well as federal and military criminal law. In 2016, in her capacity as the Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General at the National Science Foundation (NSF), she was awarded the NSF Director’s award for excellence. As an Army Officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, she rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During her military career, she was stationed in Germany, Texas, Saudi Arabia, and at various assignments in the Washington D.C. area. In addition to her extensive experience in the executive branch, she began her legal career working in the judicial branch. She served as a judicial law clerk for one year at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and one year at the Superior Court of Guam. She holds a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia, and a J.D., also from the University of Virginia. During her military career she earned an L.L.M. in military administrative law at the Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Placement: Peace Corps Office of Inspector General.