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    UPDATE: The application closing has been extended through Noon (Eastern Time), Monday, November 6, 2017. Please see additional information under the "How to Apply" section in this announcement.

    The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program seeks eligible individuals for assessment and potential subsequent selection as Finalists to obtain appointments as Fellows in the Federal Government. Presidential Management Fellows are assigned to work in a broad range of areas including public policy and administration, domestic and international issues, information technology, acquisition, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, privacy, cybersecurity, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

    A Finalist may be initially appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF; Fellow) to a GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 grade level (or equivalent) and may potentially be promoted up to the GS-13 grade level (or equivalent) during their two-year fellowship. Finalists are not guaranteed a PMF appointment and positions/grade levels are dependent on agency needs.

    Finalists selected for PMF appointments will be subject to specific position requirements, as defined by the appointing agency. These may include determination of duty station, salary, grade levels, promotion potential, security requirements, supervisory status, travel requirements and other conditions of employment. The salary listed in this announcement is for the GS-9, step 1 through GS-12, step 10, covering the Washington, DC, metro area, for 2017. Actual salary range for a particular PMF will vary based on the duty location and grade of the position.

    Thoroughly review this announcement and the Become a PMF section, including system and browser requirements, on the PMF website at https://www.pmf.gov for more details.

    The PMF Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and is regulated by the Pathways Programs regulations in part 362 of Title 5, of the Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR 362). Appointments are made in the excepted service under the Schedule D Hiring Authority.

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    Those applicants selected as Finalists will be able to search for PMF appointment opportunities offered by participating Federal agencies. Additional details can be found under the Become a PMF\Find a Job section on the PMF website.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel May be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All groups of qualified individuals

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Advanced degree conferred between October 23, 2015 and October 23, 2017
    • Or will complete an advanced degree by August 31, 2018
    • Advanced degree must be from an accredited college or university
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Complete application and assessment before application closes

    Security Clearance - Finalists selected for PMF appointments are subject to position and security/suitability requirements as determined by the appointing agency.


    Applicants must have obtained a qualifying advanced degree (master's, professional, or doctorate), including the successful defense/completion of any required thesis/dissertation, within the two years preceding the opening date of this announcement (e.g., between October 23, 2015, through October 23, 2017), or expect to complete a qualifying advanced degree by August 31, 2018. The qualifying advanced degree must be from an accredited academic institution.

    Those having or obtaining advanced degrees from foreign academic institutions may be asked to use a credential evaluation service. Additional information can be found under the "Become a PMF\Eligibility\Education Outside U.S." section on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov.

    From the applicant pool, selection of Finalists will be based on completed applications, eligibility, adjudication of veterans' preference, and scores of the on-line assessment. The total number of Finalists will be based on hiring agency workforce planning estimates and occupational needs within the Federal Government. Only Finalists are eligible for PMF appointment opportunities. PMF appointments are full-time, paid positions over a two-year appointment. Those applicants ultimately selected as Finalists should review the Become a PMF\Find a Job section on the PMF website.
    All applicants will be asked to provide the last 4-digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) when creating an applicant user account and applying to the PMF Program.
    Opportunities for PMF appointments for non-United States citizens are extremely rare. Non-U.S. citizen applicants who meet the eligibility requirements, who do not already possess a Social Security Number (SSN), and wish to apply to the PMF Program, must contact the PMF Program Office, via an email to pmfapplication@opm.gov, to request an alternative 4-digit number. This number will serve throughout the process as a unique identifier and does not entitle the user to any other benefits. Requests for an alternative number are only honored during the application period. For additional information about citizenship, please go to the Become a PMF\Eligibility\Citizenship section on the PMF website.


    This program requires the possession of an advanced degree. For further information see the Qualifications section.

    Additional information

    Information about the 2018 PMF application timeline can be found under the Become a PMF\2018 Application section on the PMF website. NOTE: The timeline is subject to change; please check the PMF website frequently for any updates.

    The PMF Program is highly competitive. Last year, over 6,300 applications were received and 417 Finalists were selected. On average, over the past ten years, 60% of Finalists obtain PMF appointments. Information about the assessment process can be found under the Become a PMF\Assessment Process section on the PMF website; including the "2018 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide".

    All required and supporting documentation must be submitted by Noon, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    All program communications are conducted via email. Please ensure the email address provided is current and accessible throughout the application, assessment, and selection process. Please add the following email addresses to your "allowed" or "safe" list: pmfapplication@opm.gov and pmf@opm.gov.

    Previous Applicants: Individuals who previously applied for the PMF Program but were not selected as a Finalist, or current Finalists who have not been appointed, may reapply as long as they meet eligibility requirements. Current Finalists who reapply will forfeit their status upon starting an application and accessing the on-line assessment.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants will be redirected to the Apply Site of the PMF Talent Management System (TMS) to apply (see "How to Apply" below). Applicants will be asked to submit their resume, transcript (and/or alternative), and supporting documents for any claims for veterans' preference, Indian preference, and/or reasonable accommodation request(s). Applicants must also complete the all parts of the on-line assessment to be further considered.

    To determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the on-line assessment. The score you receive for this aspect of the assessment process is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required. Selection of Finalists also will be based on submitting a complete application, including completion of all parts of the on-line assessment.

    Those applicants selected as Finalists are then eligible for 2-year PMF appointments in the excepted service. The PMF Program Office has defined the eligibility period (per 5 CFR §362.404(a)(3)) as Finalists having an appointment eligibility period of 12 months from the date of selecting Finalists and any approved appointment eligibility extension as described on the PMF website.

    Reasonable Accommodations:
    If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, that would interfere with completing the on-line assessment, refer to the "2018 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide" under the Become a PMF/Assessment Process section on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov for more information about the reasonable accommodation request process.

    Requests must be received before this announcement closes to be considered. If you indicate a need for reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the on-line assessment, the application system will not allow you to proceed with the on-line assessment until you receive a decision from us. The PMF Program Office determines assessment accommodations on a case-by-case basis based on claimed disability and documentation provided. We communicate with applicants via email. Please ensure your email account settings will allow an email from pmfapplication@opm.gov. If not, the email may appear in a "Spam" or "Junk" folder. If this announcement has not closed when notification of the accommodation decision is given, you must complete the on-line assessment before this announcement closes. If this announcement has closed when notification of the accommodation decision is given, you will be given access to and must complete the on-line assessment within 48 hours of the decision notice.

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    Required Documents

    All applicants must submit a resume and transcript (and/or alternative) to be considered for this year's announcement. If applicable, applicants claiming veterans' preference or Indian preference and/or requesting reasonable accommodations must submit supporting documentation as part of their application before the job announcement closes.

    Those applicants impacted by a natural disaster should follow the instructions provided under "Step 4: Upload Documents" of the on-line application.

    Applicants currently completing their advanced degree should submit a transcript showing the portion of the advanced degree completed to-date. Transcripts may be official or unofficial copies; however, they must be legible, in English, and contain the minimum following information:

    • Applicant name
    • College/university name
    • Qualifying advanced degree (completed or pursuing)
    • Date of degree conferred or anticipated
    NOTE: If a transcript is unavailable or missing ANY of the above items, applicants must submit an alternative providing the information requested above. If an alternative is used to show missing elements on a transcript, then both documents should be submitted. Transcripts created by the applicant are not acceptable. Details about transcripts (and/or alternatives) can be found under the Become a PMF\Application Process\Application Tips section on the PMF website. This collection is used to validate your school's accreditation and eligibility.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted by the closing date.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Applicants are to go to the Apply Site at https://apply.pmf.gov to create an applicant user account and apply. Applicants should estimate 3 to 4 hours to complete the entire application and assessment process. The application system only allows one applicant account to be associated to an email address. All sections of the application must be completed, certified, and submitted by Noon, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    UPDATE: The closing date of the application has been extended from Wednesday, November 1, to Noon (Eastern Time), Monday, November 6, to provide adequate time for applicants in areas impacted by recent natural disasters (e.g., Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Jose) to submit their applications for this year's recruitment cycle. Such impacted applicants will be:

    • prompted to self-certify if a natural disaster prevents them from obtaining and submitting the required and supporting documents (if applicable) for their application under "Step 4: Upload Documents" of the application,
    • contacted by the PMF Program Office on how and when to submit such documents, and
    • must complete all other steps of the application process and submit prior to the extended closing of the application.

    1. Instructions - Applicants should review the following before beginning the process:
    • Review this announcement and the instructions on how to apply.
    • Thoroughly review the Become a PMF section on the PMF website, including the Frequently Asked Questions and the Assessment Preparation Guide.
    • Ensure your system and browser complies with application and on-line assessment requirements, as specified under the Become a PMF\Application Process section on the PMF website.
    • Follow the on-line instructions provided on how to submit documents. You may need to merge similar documents and upload to a single category (for example, combine the transcript and alternative showing required elements). File size is limited to 3MB for each file.
    2. Resume - Applicants must submit a resume as part of their application. Additional information can be found under the Become a PMF\Application Process\Application Tips section on the PMF website. Updated resumes cannot be submitted after this announcement closes.

    3. Transcript - Applicants must submit a transcript (and/or alternative) as part of this application process. Further information on this requirement can be found under the Become a PMF\Application Process\Application Tips section on the PMF website.

    4. Claiming Veterans' Preference (if applicable) - Applicants claiming veterans' preference must submit supporting documentation for adjudication. For more information on how veterans' preference is applied in the PMF Program, review the Become a PMF\Eligibility\Veterans' Preference section on the PMF website.

    5. Reasonable Accommodation Requests - Applicants requesting a reasonable accommodation for the on-line assessment must describe their disability and functional limitations in relation to their performance when filling out the eligibility section of the application and provide supporting documentation under the upload documents section from a qualified professional before the closing date of the announcement. Additional information can be found in the "2018 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide", under the Become a PMF\Assessment Process section on the PMF website.

    6. On-line Assessment - During the application process, all applicants must complete all part of the on-line assessment. Applicants should allow up to 3 hours for completing this portion. The "2018 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide" is available under the Become a PMF\Assessment Process section on the PMF website. The Guide explains the assessment process, system and browser requirements, and reasonable accommodations. NOTE: Applicants with pending reasonable accommodation requests should not take the on-line assessment until after a determination is made on the accommodation request.

    7. Submit Application - Applicants will be prompted to certify their responses and that they completed their entire application and on-line assessment without assistance. If an applicant fails to certify the responses, the application will not be considered submitted. NOTE: Only one application is allowed.

    Once you have reviewed these instructions entirely, please click on the following link to create an applicant user account and to apply: https://apply.pmf.gov

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    Next steps

    Once the announcement closes, the PMF Program Office will review applicants and select Finalists based on completed applications, eligibility, adjudication of veterans' preference, and scores of the on-line assessment. The total number of Finalists will be based on hiring agency workforce planning estimates and occupational needs within the Federal Government. Reviewing eligibility includes the validation of an applicant's qualifying advanced degree (e.g., school accreditation).

    Once Finalists are officially selected, applicants will be notified via email of their status and under the "Application Status" of their applicant user account. An official list of Finalists will be posted to the PMF website and tracked throughout the appointment eligibility period.

    Because PMF appointment opportunities for Finalists are agency-specific, the position may include the following: promotion potential up to the GS-13 (or equivalent) or higher, appointment at the supervisory level, a range of travel requirements, the potential for student loan repayment pursuant to the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program, or a recruitment or relocation incentive, and/or other benefits (e.g., Transit Benefit Program, telework/flexible schedules). Every PMF appointee must undergo a background investigation and be adjudicated suitable for Federal employment. The level of background investigation and the need for any national security adjudication will be dependent on the PMF appointment opportunity and is agency-specific.

    Federal agencies that participate in the PMF Program can be identified by those having a designated Agency PMF Coordinator. The list of Agency PMF Coordinators can be found on the PMF website.

    NOTE: Assessment results are not provided, and there is no appeal process.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482577500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.