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- Our school holds career fairs, information
sessions, etc. Can someone from the PMF Program Office come speak
about the program?
- How can I be kept informed of new developments in
the PMF Program?
- Can colleges and universities post the PMF
application on their job sites?
- Which degree/disciplines will be most relevant or
- When is the application period?
- Who is eligible to apply?
- Are current Finalists eligible to compete for the
next PMF application cycle?
- Are there opportunities for recent law
- What documents are required for the PMF
- Where can I find a general overview, application
instructions, the timeline, and tips for our students?
- How will the timeline and application
requirements differ from previous years?
- What will be the components of the
- Are there materials provided to students to
prepare them for the application and assessment process?
- Will OPM provide information about the total
number of applicants and names of
- How do Finalists learn about possible Federal
agency PMF appointment opportunities? Where are the positions
school holds career fairs, information sessions, etc. Can someone
from the PMF Program Office come speak about the
The PMF Program Office receives numerous requests to speak at
career fairs and information sessions throughout the year. In an
effort to maximize resources, and get timely updates to all
academia stakeholders, we leverage technology to deliver details
about the program.
Academia stakeholder meetings are conducted via a webinar and/or
conference line to brief schools about the program and upcoming
application timelines. We also provide marketing and outreach
materials for school usage. We maintain a PMFCampus listserv for
academia subscribers and partner with several affinity
organizations. Depending on other OPM initiatives, we may visit
select schools and/or attend regional conferences to address as
many schools as possible.
2. How can
I be kept informed of new developments in the PMF
The PMF Program Office maintains a listserv called "PMFCampus."
This listserv is specifically for school staff to voluntarily
subscribe for updates to the program. To subscribe, go to the Academia\Getting
Info webpage. Everyone is encouraged to monitor the PMF
website's News and Events section for
announcements throughout the year.
colleges and universities post the PMF application on their job
Once the annual PMF application period is announced, colleges
and universities may post dates and information to their job site.
And once the application launches on USAJOBS, colleges and
universities may post the USAJOBS link to the announcement on their
school job site. Eligible applicants must follow the announcement
instructions to apply. The official announcement will be posted to
USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov), with the keywords
"Presidential Management Fellows", along with a direct link on the
PMF website when the application period launches.
degree/disciplines will be most relevant or required?
The PMF Program is open to all accredited advanced degree
(graduate or professional) students. The advanced degree from an
accredited institution makes the Finalist eligible for the GS-09
grade/pay level. It does not necessarily mean the Finalists must
appoint into a position directly related to their degree. However,
some positions have positive education requirements where the
Finalists must meet certain education requirements (e.g., STEM
5. When is
the application period?
Typically, the application launches annually in the
fall. Information about the annual PMF application, and
any known dates, can be found under the Become a PMF webpage.
6. Who is
eligible to apply?
Students who will meet all graduate degree requirements (even
though awaiting graduation), including the completion or successful
defense of any required thesis or dissertation, during the academic
year (as identified under the Become A PMF\Application
Process webpage), are eligible to apply.
Also, those who have obtained an advance degree from a
qualifying college or university within 2 (two) years prior to the
opening date of the announcement are eligible to
More information can be found under the Become A
PMF\Application Process webpage.
current Finalists eligible to compete for the next PMF application
Yes, if the Finalist meets eligibility requirements. The
eligibility has been expanded to include those individuals who have
completed an advanced degree up to 2 years prior to the
announcement. However, if a current Finalist initiates an
application and the on-line assessment to the next class, his/her
current status as a Finalist will be forfeited.
there opportunities for recent law graduates?
The PMF Program is open to all advanced degrees, including
J.D.'s. However, attorney positions in the Federal Government are
hired under different appointing authorities and regulations.
Additional information can
be found under the Become a
documents are required for the PMF application?
All applicants are required to submit a resume and a school
transcript (or alternative). Additional information about these
documents can be found under the Become A PMF\Application
Process\Application Tips webpage. Applicants who claim
veterans' preference and/or reasonable accommodations for the
assessment process are required to submit supporting documentation;
information about these can be found under the Become a
10. Where can I find a general overview,
application instructions, the timeline, and tips for our
Information on eligibility requirements, application process,
timelines, and tips can all be found under the Become A PMF
webpage. General information and resources specific to academia can
be found under the Academia\Resources webpage.
will the timeline and application requirements differ from previous
Information about eligibility, how to apply, and dates can be
found under the Become a PMF webpage.
The Pathways Programs regulations eliminated the formal
nomination process previously in place and have expanded
eligibility to include those individuals who completed an advanced
degree from an accredited institution up to 2 years prior to the
application launch (e.g., the first day of the announcement opening
We will still collect resumes and supporting documentation from
those applicants who claim veterans' preference and/or reasonable
accommodations for the assessment process. In addition, applicants
will be asked to submit a transcript (or alternative). The
transcript may be official or unofficial. Transcripts will be used
to help identify eligibility, school accreditation, and agencies
that need a copy for making PMF job offers to Finalists.
will be the components of the assessments?
The assessment process for the PMF Program is broken into two
parts: an on-line assessment during the application process, and a
half-day in-person assessment for applicants selected as
Additional information, include an Assessments
Preparation Guide, can be found under the Become A
PMF\Assessment Process webpage.
there materials provided to students to prepare them for the
application and assessment process?
Yes. Applicants should thoroughly review the Become A PMF
webpage (including all the Frequently Asked Questions) and the
announcement when the application launches. An Assessment
Preparation Guide is also made available under the Become A
PMF\Assessment Process webpage shortly before the announcement
OPM provide information about the total number of applicants and
names of Semi-Finalists/Finalists?
We will provide this information on-line. The posted list of
names and their associated graduate school for both Semi-Finalists
and Finalists can be found under the Become a PMF webpage.
do Finalists learn about possible Federal agency PMF appointment
opportunities? Where are the positions located?
Participating Federal agencies have the option to post available
PMF appointment opportunities to an on-line job bank, referred to
as the PMF TAS (Talent Acquisition System).
In addition, a Job Fair event is conducted exclusively for
Finalists and participating Federal agencies. Finalists do not have
to attend the Job Fair to secure a PMF appointment; however, it is
an excellent source of Federal agency contacts. Several Federal
agencies participate in the Job Fair; others may elect other means
to fill positions. Finalists should contact the Agency PMF
Coordinator for the agency they are interested in.
Most PMF appointments are located in the Washington, DC metro
Agencies post available positions throughout the year. Typically
a boost in the number of positions occurs shortly after the
beginning of a fiscal year (October) when agencies adjust their
staffing and budget forecasts.