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The CIGIE Professional Development Committee (PDC) Coaching Subcommittee was created to support current and emerging leaders in the OIG community in developing and strengthening their technical and professional skillsets through coaching conversations.  

We are a group of OIG professionals who are qualified to provide coaching.  We offer coaching services to employees in the OIG community – by federal employees for federal employees. 

About Coaching

Coaching is an intentional and confidential exploration in which the coach uses curiosity, inquiry, active listening, and candor to support the participant’s self-directed learning, increased self-awareness, and enhanced capacity to thrive, including in challenging or uncertain environments.

The coaching approach is built on the science and application of positive psychology, well-being, resilience, and strength-based leadership. Coaching is a process that builds character, focuses on what you want and how to achieve it, encourages and supports what is important to you, engages you in active, continuous learning, and helps you see new possibilities. 

About the PDC Coaching Subcommittee

Vision | The CIGIE PDC Coaching Subcommittee seeks to champion coaching across the OIG community to enable, support, and promote a well-trained and highly skilled workforce.

Mission | The mission of the CIGIE PDC Coaching Subcommittee is to help the members of the OIG workforce maximize their potential and be their best selves, which supports the efficiency and effectiveness of our missions.

The PDC Coaching Subcommittee Team

OIG Coaches/Team Members  

  • Toayoa Aldridge (U.S. Agency for International Development OIG)
  • Felicia Bunns (U.S. Department of Justice OIG)
  • Jan Hamm (U.S. Department of Justice OIG)
  • Stan Hammonds (U.S. Department of Transportation OIG)
  • Carolyn Ramona Hantz (U.S. Department of Labor OIG)
  • Jeremy Kirkland (Defense Intelligence Agency OIG)
  • Ryan Lefort (U.S. Department of Transportation OIG)
  • Mario Phillips (U.S. Department of Defense OIG)
  • Brian Sano (U.S. Department of State OIG)
  • Ruth Strande (U.S. Agency for International Development OIG)
  • Delores “Dee” Thompson (U.S. Department of Labor OIG)
  • Charmaine Thorne (U.S. Department of Labor OIG)
  • Monique “Q” Yates (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency OIG)
  • Kimberley Young (Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency OIG)

Events Information

  • Check back here for events information.  Prior events include group coaching and coaching skills for leaders, and future events include orientation to coaching.

Coaching FAQs

  • What are the benefits of coaching?
    • ​Partnering with a professional coach can unlock your potential and set you on the path to thriving personally and professionally 
    • Support in identifying and living out your vision and purpose to be the best version of yourself
    • Receive highly personalized attention conducted in a one-on-one setting
    • Identify solutions, options, and success-limiting obstacles
    • Create realistic, workable, successful, and implementable action and development plans
    • Focus on future opportunities and ways to improve
    • Learn strategies for leveraging your strengths
    • Become aware of the changes you need to make to identify, prioritize, and achieve your professional goals
  • Who benefits from coaching?
    ​Anyone!  We all can benefit from coaching by focusing on specific topics, issues, or goals to achieve greater clarity or results.​
  • What are the expectations in a coaching partnership? 
    A coaching partnership is confidential, driven by the client, and facilitated by the coach.  Coaching partnerships are customized to the client’s needs but typically span 6-8 sessions over several months.  Prior to beginning a coaching partnership, the coach and client sign a Coaching Agreement which outlines each party’s role in the partnership and establishes the number and duration of coaching sessions.
     
  • What are the expectations in each coaching session?
    ​Coaching sessions typically:​
    • Last 30 to 60 minutes
    • Occur during on-duty work hours
    • Begin with a “getting to know you” session where expectations are set 
    • Include action planning and active coaching focused on the client’s goals
    • Close with a focus on reflections and a new beginning
  • Is there a minimum grade level for clients and coaches?
    No.  Clients and coaches may be at any grade level.  Coaches avoid coaching those in their direct supervisory chain.   ​
  • Do OIG employees need supervisory approval to get a CIGIE coach?
    ​Some agencies require employees to obtain supervisory approval before beginning coaching.  The Coaching Agreement stipulates that employees have followed their agency policies and obtained the necessary approvals to participate.  Even if supervisory approval is not required, clients may find it helpful to inform their supervisor that they have begun coaching, both to notify them that they will be coached during regular working hours and to share their professional development goals as well as any insights gleaned from, or actions taken as a result of, coaching conversations.  ​
     
  • What are the confidentiality expectations in a coaching partnership?
    ​​The International Coaching Federation (ICF), an accreditation body that establishes standards and an ethical code for coaches, defines confidentiality as the protection of any information obtained around the coaching engagement unless consent to release is given.  CIGIE coaches – whether or not certified by ICF – abide by this standard.  This means coaches are required to keep confidential the content of all coaching sessions, except as required by law.*  The Coaching Agreement you and your coach sign stipulates the specific confidentiality requirements.

     
    These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection. The definitions, requirements, obligations, rights, sanctions, and liabilities created by controlling Executive orders and statutory provisions are incorporated into Coaching Agreements and are controlling.

     
    *Limits of confidentiality in the Federal government include: a report of an act of fraud, waste, or abuse;  the revelation of having committed a crime; the threat of harm to self or others; the sharing of information in violation of a security clearance; the report of sexual harassment; or the requirement by law or a court order to share particular information.  (See “Federal Coaching Frequently Asked Questions,” Chief Human Capital Officers Council.

  • How does coaching differ from mentoring?
    Whereas mentoring centers on giving and receiving experienced advice from someone within your profession, coaching involves facilitated inquiry that encourages the coaching client to lead and be accountable for their own growth.  Because coaching assumes the client has the answers within themselves, coaches focus on asking powerful questions to promote the client’s thought, goal setting, and decision-making processes.​
     
  • Is there a fee to obtain a coach?
    ​There is no fee for coaching services through CIGIE.  OIG coaches are current federal employees who are offering coaching services to other federal employees. Because we are federal employee coaches, these coaching sessions will occur during on-duty work hours.​
     
  • How do I get a coach?
    If you would like to request a coach, please reach out to us through the “Contact Us” button.  Due to the high demand for and limited number of coaches, being matched to a coach may not occur immediately.  Beginning in 2021, the CIGIE Coaching Subcommittee will operate under an annual fiscal year coaching cycle.  We will issue a call for clients in late Summer and start matching interested clients with OIG coaches in the Fall.  If CIGIE coaches are not available, we will ask if you would like to be considered for a non-CIGIE federal coach. If you agree, we will work with our federal partners to match you with another federal coach, and will reach out to you as soon as we have more information.  See “Coach-Client Matching Schedule.”  
     
  • How are clients and coaches matched?
    During our call for clients in late Summer each year, we will ask interested clients to complete a brief intake form.  Your request will be evaluated and then you will be matched with a coach, who will contact you directly.  You will not be matched with anyone in your supervisory chain and usually not even within your agency. 
  • How is the CIGIE PDC Coaching Subcommittee connected to other CIGIE initiatives?
    The CIGIE PDC Coaching Subcommittee has partnered with the CIGIE Fellowship Program to support group coaching activities and is pursuing additional opportunities to raise awareness and provide more coaching opportunities.
     
  • What is the Federal Coach Network?
    The Federal Coaching Network (FCN) is a community of individuals across the federal government who are invested in the practice of coaching and whole-heartedly support its role in leadership development. The mission of the FCN is to foster leadership development and continuous learning at all levels by leveraging resources to advance coaching across agencies. Requesting a coach through the FCN is a process managed at the agency level by liaisons who will likely be found in the human resource office or office of training and development.
     
  • Does the CIGIE PDC Coaching Subcommittee leverage coaches from other agencies?
    We partner with coaches from the FCN, the Treasury Executive Institute (TEI), and other federal agencies.  To maintain independence, no OIG employee will be matched with a federal coach from the agency(s) for which they provide oversight.​​​​
     

Coach-Client Matching Schedule

  • Beginning in 2021, the Coaching Subcommittee will operate under an annual fiscal year coaching cycle. We’ll issue a call for clients in late Summer, start matching interested clients with OIG coaches in the Fall, and issue program evaluations in the Spring. Watch for our next call for clients in August 2021, followed by a Fall 2021 Orientation to Coaching kick-off!