Become a PMF
Applying is only the First
The PMF Program accepts applications annually. When the
application window opens, you will find an announcement on USAJOBS.
Before you apply, however, we strongly encourage you to review the
entire "Become a PMF" section of this website (including the
Frequently Asked Questions).
Applying to the Program is only the first step in becoming a
PMF. After you apply, you must take an on-line assessment. If you
score at a sufficiently high level on the on-line assessment, are
found eligible, and your application is complete, you will be
deemed a Semi-Finalist and invited to the in-person assessment.
Then, if you are selected as a Finalist, you'll be eligible to be
appointed to a participating agency in a PMF position.
If you don't get the application right, you won't get to those
next steps, and you'll miss this year's window. Remember, we only
open the application once each year, so it's important to carefully
follow the instructions below.
During the application process on USAJOBS, applicants are asked
to voluntarily answer a few questions in regards to "Demographic
Information on Applicants". These demographic questions are used to
help the PMF Program Office plan its recruitment and outreach
efforts. Answers to these questions have absolutely no impact on
applicants and is strictly used for internal analysis. Applicants
are encouraged to answer these questions.
USAJOBS and PMF TAS
The PMF Program uses a variety of on-line systems to conduct the
application and on-line assessment: USAJOBS for the announcement,
our Talent Acquisition System (TAS), and an on-line assessment
If you encounter technical difficulty during the
application process, please follow the instructions found under the
"Help" screen provided during the application; do NOT contact the
PMF Program Office directly for technical inquiries. For
non-technical inquiries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name, contact information, and a detailed description
of your issue. Any related emails sent to email@example.com will be rerouted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the number of applications we receive, we ask that you
not contact the PMF Program Office directly. The application and
on-line assessment are contracted to third-party providers who
provide help desk coverage for these systems.
System and Browser
The browser requirements for the systems used during the
application process appear below. Please use the recommended
browsers and settings. To prevent inconsistencies and any technical
problems, applicants should refrain from using other browsers not
USAJOBS is compatible with all
leading browsers. If you encounter any technical difficulties
using USAJOBS, please go to https://my.usajobs.gov/Home/ContactUs.
PMF TALENT ACQUISITION SYSTEM
For optimal functionality, please use Internet Explorer,Version
8. This browser version has been tested and is known to work
throughout the entire PMF TAS. The system may be compatible with
other versions of Internet Explorer (7.0+), as well as Firefox 4.0;
however, some of the functionality may not appear as it was
Make sure that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your
computer and avoid using devices that are not compatible with
Flash. It's also recommended that you clear your cache by deleting
your browser history under your Tools/Internet Options menu before
creating a user account and applying to the program.
The system requirements needed for the on-line assessment can be
found in the Assessment Preparation Guide.
Note to Apple users: At this time, the Safari browser is not
fully compatible because it did not pass our tests for proper
functionality. The same applies for many smart phone and tablet
All Program communications are conducted via email. It is your
responsibility to update and maintain a current email address.
When creating a User Account to apply to the PMF Program, please
ensure the email address you provide is current and accessible
throughout the application, assessment, and selection process.
Also, please add the following email addresses to your allowed
email list and/or email address book: email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may want to use a third-party email
provider instead of your school email address.
Should you have a name or email address change prior to becoming
a Finalist, please submit it to email@example.com.
Forms and Fax Cover
|2013 Alternative Fax Cover Sheet
||This fax cover sheet is STRICTLY for 2013 applicants to use
when submitting supporting documentation for claiming Indian
preference DURING the application period, when submitting
supporting documentation for claiming veterans' preference or
a reasonable accommodation AFTER the closing of the application
period, OR when requested by the PMF Program Office staff. This
cover sheet is only valid through December 26, 2012.
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|SF 15, Application for 10-Point
||The SF 15 collects information, along with any supporting
documentation, to determine eligibility for 10-point veterans'
|BIA Form 4432, Indian Preference
||The BIA 4432 is used to claim and provide evidence of
entitlement to Indian preference. Indian preference only applies to
positions in the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian
Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Indian Health Service. If these agencies have PMF positions
available and require Indian preference, they would be posted in
the Projected Positions System for current Finalists.
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