Patrick Breen

 Ball State 2002 MPA graduate, Patrick Breen (right), with U.S. Treasurer Secretary Timothy Geithner

Patrick K. Breen took the position of Chief for the Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF) Branch located in the Procurement Services Division (PSD) at the Department of the Treasury’s Departmental Offices on February 28, 2010. He directs the administration of all procurement requirements for TEOAF and new competitions for the management of seized and blocked real property. Treasury organizations supported by his office include the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Office of Information and Analysis, and Disclosure Services.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Breen led urging and compelling limited sources procurements for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Programs Branch in PSD to ensure that customers had the proper support services to achieve their mission. Many of these contracts had short turnaround times and included support contracts for legal, consulting, and accounting services. Mr. Breen was also previously responsible for managing the Treasury Acquisition Performance Metrics Program, representing Treasury at meeting of the Integrated Acquisition Environment, managing the Treasury suspension and debarment program, and updating Treasury procurement policy related to small business, automated acquisition systems, data integrity, and performance measures.

Mr. Breen’s contracting career started in 2002 as a Presidential Management Intern with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Procurement. At the IRS, he conducted procurements for information technology, telecommunication systems, competitive sourcing, and tax systems. He was also the FAIR Act Coordinate for Agency-Wide Shared Services, the parent organization of the Office of Procurement.

Mr. Breen received his Master of Public Administration from Ball State University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College.

Tips for Hiring

Currently, the Federal Government is revamping the special hire programs by which current students and recent graduates are hired. Previously, entry level positions were filled using the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP). The authority to hire under FCIP has been rescinded and new Executive Order has been issue to revamp the hiring programs. Executive Order 13562, Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates was signed on December 27, 2010. Interested students and recent graduates should look to the Office of Personnel Management web site for guidance as available.

For those pursuing graduate degrees, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, is the best program to apply for. This program provide a two year appointment in which the participant is given the opportunity to gain experience and develop their talents. Any one currently pursuing a graduate degree should look into this program

Most agencies and department have internship and/or fellowship programs. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has the Hamilton Fellows Program. The Hamilton Fellows Program is designed to attract outstanding individuals, from a variety of academic disciplines, to the Treasury. Treasury is looking for highly-motivated individuals with strong analytic, research, and writing skills, who can work both independently and collaboratively.

Students should also look into internships. Most agencies and departments offer intern programs. These programs allow students to try out a particular field or agency for a shorter duration while providing meaningful work experience. This also allows students to show potential employers that they have the ability to work and succeed in the Federal environment.

In addition to internships offered by Federal agencies, students can take advantage of private organizations that provide interns to the Federal government such as The Fund for American Studies, The Washington Center, The Washington Semester at American University, and others.

Students should also network with alumni in the industries and fields in which they are interested. Social media sites like LinkedIn can easily facilitate this process. Students should also speak with faculty and staff at Ball State University to seek input on career decisions.