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Announcements and News: MOS Hosts Second Annual Virtual Conference


MOS Hosts Second Annual Virtual Conference 


Military Outreach for Service hosted its second annual virtual training conference on June 17, 2015. The conference provided several numerous career enhancement sessions conducted by IRS employees, some with military experience.
IRS executives Kathleen Walters, Monica Davy, and Jim Clifford led a panel discussion on how military veterans can advance their careers in today's IRS employment environment. Mr. Clifford is one of the executive sponsors for MOS. The executives emphasized networking, taking control of your career through education and broadened work experiences, and using the current lull in job advancement opportunities to ready oneself for job openings when they occur. While current opportunities may be limited because of the IRS's budget environment, large numbers of IRS employees are at retirement age, beginning a flood of vacancies that will have to be filled to help IRS achieve its mission.
Col. Dennis Krings (US Army, Retired)Dennis Krings, a retired Army colonel and executive office director in the Wage & Investment SPEC organization, spoke on transitioning from military to federal civil service and talked about the steps he had taken during his own transition from an illustrious military career. His recommendations included taking charge of your own career, adjusting to the culture without compromising your values, seeking out mentors, and using local support groups.
Renee LaPee, senior operations advisor for Appeals Campus Operations, addressed writing competencies and how to write better narratives. Review the workshop for tips and best practices.
Matthew PriceMatthew Price, director of Taxpayer Advocate Service's Employee Support and Development, presented on interviewing and networking skills. Matt, who was a military police in the U.S. Army, has served more than 26 years at the IRS, during which he held 20 different positions.  His IRS career began as a contracted security guard, following a referral from a Job Service veterans’ counselor. Matt worked his way up the ladder from a GS-3 seasonal tax examiner to the executive development program and then to his current position. You can view Matt's excellent presentation and send him an email if you have any questions.
MOS member and Washington DC Chapter Secretary Samantha Cairns provided a summary of the proposals she has been working on to improve communications and marketing for MOS. Samantha is the author of the monthly Vets News electronic newsletter for MOS members.
MOS President Carol PermarMOS President Carol Permar reviewed MOS accomplishments for the past year and encouraged members to watch IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's 2015 video welcoming employee organizations. Carol presented certificates of appreciation (see conference slides below) to MOS members Jon BirdSamantha Cairns, John Gray, Frank Melvin, Ray Pratt, Jr., and Linda Shields. MOS Counsel Mark Hulse was awarded a certificate of excellence for his legal work in helping the organization get its paperwork in order.
Jon Bird, MOS vice president, and Ray Pratt, Jr., president of the Detroit Chapter, facilitated and managed the virtual conference.
Attendance at the conference was down by 50 percent from 2014, with only 35 employees and one retiree attending. The conference was not recorded but you can view the conference slides.


Content Type: Announcement
Created at 6/21/2015 10:40 AM  by D.W. Heiser 
Last modified at 6/23/2015 8:19 PM  by D.W. Heiser