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5E Observer

2018, Issue 2

My Path to the Fed: Nancy Cirincione

My Path to the Fed Nanacy

In June 1970, Nancy Cirincione was fresh out of high school and beginning her first full-time job — as a check processing clerk at the Baltimore branch of the Richmond Fed. Fast forward to 2018, and Nancy is starting her 49th year as a Baltimore branch employee — and is close to breaking the record for the longest-tenured Baltimore employee.

“At the time I was graduating from high school, my father worked for an armored carrier that transported canceled checks, and he told me to apply to the Fed since they had job openings,” explains Nancy. “In 1970, the check world was huge. There were check processing operations across the country, with three shifts processing checks in the Baltimore branch alone.”

Nancy is now an administrative assistant, but she still helps the Cash Services group on a daily basis — serving as the witness to the IDA (Independent Destroy All) group that destroys cash that’s not fit for use. During her tenure, “Miss Nancy” (as she’s known) has gotten to know everyone in the branch, as well as the financial institutions we interact with, and the community at large.

Nancy (third from left) enjoys volunteering in her community with her Fed family.

Her role isn’t the only thing that’s changed over almost five decades. She’s seen changes to the branch and Baltimore area unfold over the years. From department changes and consolidation — Cash and LEU are now the largest departments — to culture changes, such as business attire, she’s seen it all. Gone are the days of suits and ties for men and dresses for women. “It was a whole different thing about how you represented yourself,” she says. Now we have Dress For Your Workday, “which is awesome.” The neighborhood has changed quite a bit as well. Nancy was part of the team that moved the branch into its current downtown building 36 years ago — even before Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, the homes of the Orioles and the Ravens, rose up along with the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor.

Through the years, Nancy says, “We’ve been close like family. From small to big things, we can rely on each other for help. We know each other.” It’s this tight-knit community where you see impromptu meetings in the cafeteria and the same groups coming together to share ideas and camaraderie over breakfast and lunch.

This year, the Baltimore branch is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Nancy’s goal is half that — to mark at least 50 years with the Richmond Fed and become the longest-tenured employee at that location. “Despite what my coworkers think,” says Nancy, “I did not start at the Baltimore branch 100 years ago!”

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