I'd really like to work as a software-, web-, or application developer for the U.S. federal government or one of its vendors. I'd be entering as a non-veteran, non-preferred, citizen member of the public.
I'm searching USAjobs.gov regularly, and would like to augment that with personal networking. How do I meet people who could advise or refer me?
I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, which had some GovTech meetups that seem to be defunct now. Are there other events or forums to attend?
Please don't suggest Code For America. I've had my application rapidly denied (I'm over 40, which was probably a factor).