The Office of Management and Budget on Friday selected 15 government employees to join the White House Leadership Development (WHLD) Program, which will focus on improving IT management and services throughout the Federal government.

Last year, the program developed and launched two websites that lead students and universities to the STEM opportunities offered by the Federal government, helped 800 Federal groups to partner with local communities, and launched the Core Federal Services Council, which used data-driven best practices to improve the government’s customer service.

The fellows work for a one-year rotation on cross-agency goals, such as cybersecurity, climate change, security clearance reform, infrastructure modernization, and open data.

“We are confident that the second cohort of WHLD Fellows will build on this work and realize even greater gains,” said Beth Cobert, acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Andrew Mayock, senior adviser at OMB, in a blog post. “Participants work on the Federal government’s highest priority and highest impact challenges that require the coordination of multiple Federal agencies to succeed.”

These are this year’s fellows:

  • Bernadette Adams, Department of Education
  • Mark Ackiewicz, Department of Energy
  • Kelly Alexander, Department of Defense/Army
  • David Armitage, Department of State
  • Kathy Carson, General Services Administration
  • Carolyn Fleming-Williams, Federal Communications Commission
  • Robert Green, General Services Administration
  • Noreen Hecmanczuk, Department of Labor
  • Emily Kilcrease, Department of Commerce
  • Kevin McGhaw, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Mimi Reilly, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • John Rigg, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Vicki Simons, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Eileen Vidrine, Department of Defense
  • Ken Wright, National Aeronautics and Space Administration


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Morgan Lynch is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Federal IT and K-12 Education.