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“Work That Matters”

is a series in which ECS experts discuss their roles and responsibilities and the larger impact they have on the workplace, community, and world. In this installment, hear from Kevin Costello. Mr. Costello is a director leading ECS’s work with the Department of the Treasury and the New York City Police Department, responsible for delivery, profit and loss, and growth.

Kevin Costello

Director, Enterprise Solutions

Q: You’ve supported some critical Federal Civilian missions during your career at ECS. Can you tell us me a little about your roles.

In my role with the Department of the Treasury and the New York City Police Department, you’ll find me developing solutions and leading teams that support our customers’ most critical missions. In some ways, Treasury Bureaus have a very different mission from NYPD, but there are also mission overlaps in areas like investigation and enforcement.

Since joining ECS, I have supported the Federal Civilian mission, including leading a large technology program for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and serving as an agile Project Manager at the Department of Labor.

Q: You recently graduated from the prestigious ACT-IAC Voyagers program. What was that experience like?

ACT-IAC Voyagers is a 9-month collaborative leadership training program with a one-to-one ratio of rising government and industry leaders. During the program, I received leadership training in line with the Office of Personnel Management’s Executive Core Qualifications, collaborated on group projects and presentations, attended offsites, received one-on-one mentoring from an industry executive, and participated in team-building activities and competitions.

What led you to apply for the ACT-IAC Voyagers program?

Over the years, I’ve heard great things about both ACT-IAC and Voyagers from ACT-IAC Fellows at ECS. When ECS presented the opportunity to apply for the Voyagers program, I didn’t hesitate.

ECS has opened many doors for me professionally. I have benefited from incredible internal mentors, management training, and professional growth opportunities, including completing the inaugural Culture of Capture leadership program and receiving one-on-one mentoring from an ECS executive.-

ECS has opened many doors for me professionally. I have benefited from incredible internal mentors, management training, and professional growth opportunities, including completing the inaugural Culture of Capture leadership program and receiving one-on-one mentoring from an ECS executive.-

Q: How does your experience in the program influence the work you do at ECS?

At ECS, we strive to take on the missions that will make a lasting impact on our country and community. ACT-IAC focuses on accelerating government outcomes through collaboration, leadership, and education. The two missions are in complete alignment, and the collaborative ACT-IAC programs are helping me craft better solutions and deliver those solutions to my customers.

Throughout the Voyagers program, we had the opportunity to learn from leaders across the federal government, including chief information executives, members of the Presidential Innovation Fellows, and leaders from the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Innovation Lab.

They all shared their perspectives on leadership and how they’ve helped their agencies develop meaningful solutions. Many of the challenges they’ve solved are similar to the challenges facing my customer base, and I’ve been able to apply these learnings to develop better solutions for my customers. Over the course of the program, I was inspired again and again by the power of collaboration and conversation and the impact it had on my day-to-day work.

Q: What’s next for you at ECS?

I’m looking forward to continuing to support the Federal Civilian mission for ECS. It’s an exciting time in federal IT, with organizations adopting emerging technologies and making significant changes to keep pace with a changing world and workforce. ECS invests in emerging technologies through partnerships, lab environments, and training to keep us at the cutting edge, and it’s a fun challenge to leverage those investments to deliver the best-fit and high-value solutions to my customers. The ACT-IAC mission complements that mission, so I’m also looking forward to staying involved in ACT-IAC by participating in the Federal Insights Exchange, Communities of Interest, and looking for other ways to pay this experience forward.

“Work That Matters” is a series in which ECS experts discuss their roles and responsibilities and the larger impact they have in the workplace, community, and world.

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