The Future of the IC Workforce

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Episode One: Risks & Benefits of Remote Work

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On Tuesday, February 23, former NSA Executive Director Harry Coker, Jr. and Avantus Federal CEO Andy Maner joined moderator Lindy Kyzer, Senior Editor at for a candid conversation focused on the challenges and opportunities remote work affords. The discussion touched on the organizational and infrastructure changes needed to ensure the IC effectively leverages new and emerging technologies.

About the Speakers

A retired CIA senior executive, Harry Coker, Jr. most recently completed a two-year joint duty assignment as the Executive Director of the NSA. As Executive Director, he supported NSA's Director and Deputy Director in the strategic and day-to-day leadership and management of the Agency. Prior, Mr. Coker spent seventeen years at the CIA, during which he was assigned to leadership positions in the Directorate of Science and Technology; the Directorate of Digital Innovation; and in the Director's Area. Key assignments included service as the Director of the Open Source Enterprise and as the Deputy Director of CIA's Office of Public Affairs. Mr. Coker is the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the NSA Director's Distinguished Service Medal, the IC EEOD Outstanding Leadership Award, the Presidential Rank Award, and the prestigious Don Cryer Award for Diversity and Inclusion. He also had a key role in formulating and executing the Diversity in Leadership Study, while at the CIA.

Andy Maner is the Chief Executive Officer of Avantus Federal. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction, long-term goals, and growth objectives while positioning the firm for continued expansion into new markets. Mr. Maner has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the Managing Partner of U.S. Federal within IBM Global Business Services. Prior, Mr. Maner was the CEO of NISC, a $200M+ information management, services, and technology consulting firm serving the federal market. During his time in the public sector, Mr. Maner served as the CFO for the Department of Homeland Security from 2004-2006 and as Chief of Staff to Customs Commissioner Bonner after 9/11, where he led the transition of three agencies into Customs and Border Protection. He also spent several years working closely with President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Maner currently serves on the Board of Directors for No Greater Sacrifice, a non-profit that dedicates scholarships for higher education to families of fallen service members.

About the Moderator

Lindy Kyzer is the Senior Editor at, the premier career networking site for security-cleared professionals, where she has worked since 2011. In this role, Ms. Kyzer is responsible for the content and messaging on official ClearanceJobs web-based platforms, including their website and social media platforms. Separately, she also works as a social media and public affairs consultant for the military and public sector clients, offering social media, public affairs, and communications advice, assistance, and management. Previously, Ms. Kyzer served as a Social Media Maven and Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Army. While there, she developed the U.S. Army social media training program, educated thousands of Army leaders on emerging media tools and trends, and established social media presences for a variety of organizations. Ms. Kyzer graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs.


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The Future of the IC Workforce: Navigating a New Workforce Normal Post-Pandemic (ClearanceJobs)
National Security Workspaces Will Never Be the Same - And That's a Good Thing (ClearanceJobs)

INSF has partnered with and Avantus Federal on a series of programs focused on remote work trends. Through a combination of videos, podcasts, and white papers, The Future of the IC Workforce will examine how the community can reimagine the traditional IC work model and use lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to build and grow. Topics to be discussed throughout the series range from workforce development to effective leadership and management strategies to technology and infrastructure needs.

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