Meet the Team
SFS Program Manager
Kathy began her Federal career with OPM in 1987. During her 30+ year history with OPM, Kathy has worked on and managed several multi-million dollar projects in Staff Acquisition and Recruitment and Branding, conducted training, chaired structured interview panels, and served as Lead HR Consultant for one of OPM's Staff Acquisition Branches. She's currently the SFS Program Manager and has been a part of the SFS Program Team since its beginning in 2000.
SFS Program Staff Member
Stephanie joined OPM on the SFS Program Team in 2016. Prior to Stephanie's Federal Career, she attended school at Old Dominion University and obtained a bachelor's degree in 2006 in Political Science with a focus on pre-law. In 2008, she then obtained her Master's in Public Administration with a focus on Human Resources Management. Stephanie began her Federal career with the Department of Navy, Office of Civilian Human Resources (OCHR) in 2010 as a Human Resources Specialist (Intern) performing recruiting and staffing work. In her personal time, she loves traveling with her husband and spending time with her Great Dane, Zeus and tabby cat, Kayla.
SFS Program Staff
Sandra first became a member of the SFS Program Team in 2010 and served until 2013. She accepted a postion with the Department of Navy's Office of Civilian Human Resources and Fleet Forces Command where she worked as a Human Resources Specialist and as Project Manager on multiple projects in the Staffing and Recruitment Department. Sandra returned to OPM in 2018 and is excited to re-join the SFS Program Team.
What We Do
- Process students into the program
- Track the progress of student participants from entry into program until eight years following completion of employment commitment
- Provide statistical reports to the National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Assist NSF in preparing responses to Congressional inquiries on the SFS program
- Direct liaison to participating universities and students in matters related to student recruitment, internships, government employment, and any other program related issues
- Correspond with agencies on recruitment from the SFS program (answer questions, forward job flyers, create lists of SFS students)
- Correspond with the general public on what the SFS Program is and how they can be considered
- Maintain SFS website (updates, enhancements, OMB clearances, review system security documents)
- Market the program to increase agency knowledge of the SFS and what it is (presentations, exhibiting at conferences, etc.)
- Virtual Career Fair planning
- In-Person Job Fair planning
- Writing program policy and guidance documents for NSF approval
- Maintaining/updating the SFS Service Agreement for NSF approval
- Research new laws affecting Program to determine and make recommendations of changes needed
- Participate in Interagency Coordinating Committee meetings to discuss program changes, updates, student dispositions, and other program related discussions
In general, we help bring new cybersecurity professionals into the Federal Government.