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As a Finalist, you are in the final stages of becoming a
PMF. Now, with your Finalist status, you're eligible to be
appointed to a PMF appointment in a participating agency
- We officially announce Finalists to all participating
- You complete all advanced degree requirements (not necessary to
have graduated), including successful completion or defense of any
thesis or dissertation.
- You complete any background investigation required by the
The Finalist status expires 12 months after the date Finalists
are officially announced. For example, Finalists for the PMF Class
of 2014 were selected on April 10, 2014; they have until April 10,
2015, to be appointed to a PMF position. This means the Finalist
must have accepted a PMF appointment offer and physically start by
the appointment eligibility deadline.
To be eligible for placement as a Fellow with a participating
Federal agency, Finalists must complete all graduate degree
requirements (including any required thesis/dissertation) by August
31st of the year following the application period or earlier to
start a PMF appointment. If a Finalist does not complete their
degree requirements on or before August 31st, he/she will be
ineligible for placement in an agency as a PMF and will lose their
status as a Finalist. Hiring agencies have the responsibility to
confirm placement eligibility and may request a transcript.
Eligibility for a PMF appointment will end 12 months from the date
that Finalists are officially announced.
Throughout the appointment eligibility period, we will send
broadcast emails to all current Finalists to check their status.
The Finalists' Status Email will ask if they are: (1) still seeking
appointments, (2) accepted a PMF appointment from an agency, (3)
have already accepted a PMF appointment and physically onboard with
the appointing agency, or (4) requesting withdrawal from further
consideration. This email is sent several times throughout the
appointment eligibility period.
Class of 2014 "PMF STEM" Finalists are only eligible for PMF
STEM positions and PMF Finalists are only eligible for PMF Finalist
positions (not PMF STEM positions).
You now have to get hired into a PMF position, pass a
background investigation, and go through the agency's on-boarding
process. It can take several months to pass a Federal background
investigation for a security clearance (if applicable). Because
you'll want to have as much control as possible over when you start
your PMF position, it is important to plan ahead. Finalists
- Review the Memo to Finalists under the Become A
PMF\Current Finalists webpage. The memo will be updated to
reflect the current class upon selection of Finalists.
- Start collecting information for the background investigation
(see additional information below).
- Check for PMF appointment opportunities in the PMF TAS (Talent
Acquisition System). Participating Federal agencies
will post appointment opportunities when available.
Please check the PMF TAS often.
Typically a number of
opportunities are posted around the time Finalists are selected and
officially announced. Finalists should monitor the PMF TAS for new
opportunities and contact Agency PMF Coordinators for any
opportunities. While Federal agencies are highly recommended to
post such opportunities to the TAS, we recommend contacting them
Since many agencies typically
hire towards the end of a fiscal year or beginning of a new one
(October 1st), appointment opportunities may become
Finalists should log into
their account at https://apply.pmf.gov/pmf
to search for appointment
Agency PMF Coordinators
To access the current list of Agency PMF Coordinators, follow
- Go to the login screen for Finalists and Fellows at https://apply.pmf.gov/pmf.
- At the top of the screen, you will see a link to "View
Finalists and Coordinators".
- Click on the link to be redirected to the various sorted lists
of Finalists and Coordinators.
- Click on the "List of Agency Coordinators" tab to view the
current list of Agency PMF Coordinators by agency/sub-agency.
Updating Your Contact
All communications are conducted by
email. Both current Finalists and Fellows use the PMF TAS (Talent
Acquisition System) to update their personal contact information
(e.g., name changes, home mailing address, personal phone numbers,
and personal email address). Upon appointment as a Fellow, the
appointing agency's Agency PMF Coordinator can update your
appointment and work contact information. NOTE: The PMF TAS is the
system used to post PMF appointment opportunities, how Finalists
will be recorded as PMFs, how rotational opportunities will be
posted, and more.
Your Resume and Application Documents
Once the application period closes, the application system
prevents uploading any updated or new documentation, including
resumes and transcripts. Finalists may send updated resumes and/or
new supporting documents directly to respective Agency PMF
Coordinators or hiring officials.
Since the original resume and application documents are used to
determine eligibility until selection of Finalists, these remain
intact. While resumes are not keyword searchable, Federal agencies
may search by several criteria collected during the application
process (such as, foreign languages, degrees/disciplines, type of
degree, veterans' preference, skill sets and competencies, and
preferred geographic location).
If a Finalist has a change to their claim for veterans'
preference (e.g., updated supporting documentation), he/she should
send an email to the PMF Program Office, along with a copy of the
updated documents. We will review and re-adjudicate
When a Finalist accepts a PMF appointment offer, the appointing
agency's Human Resources Office will validate a Finalists'
transcript to ensure all degree requirements have been met before
the Finalist can physically start their appointment.
Preparing for a Background
These investigations can be lengthy and may require you to
provide extensive information regarding your background. The most
common Standard Form (SF) used by agencies is the SF 85,
Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions. You are highly
encouraged to review this form and start collecting the requested
data ahead of time. Some Federal agencies require
agency-specific forms for this purpose; if this is the case, they
will inform you. Common forms can be found under the Resources
All new hires into the Federal Government must complete some
level of a background investigation before being issued government
identification and/or starting employment (e.g., the Personal
Identity Verification (PIV) Smart Card Program). If you are offered
an appointment, the appointing agency's human resources office will
send you the necessary paperwork and instructions. The PMF Program
Office does not initiate or perform such investigations.
It is common for background investigations to be longer than
normal for those with any overseas activity (e.g., attending school
overseas, residing overseas, military stationed overseas,
Depending upon the circumstance, it is possible that prior
background investigations will not transfer from one Federal agency
to another and many agencies have unique requirements.
Once a Finalist accepts an appointment offer from a
participating agency, the Agency PMF Coordinator will update their
status in the PMF TAS. The PMF TAS provides a means for
Coordinators to enter a Finalist's appointment, employment
information, and Entry on Duty (EOD) start date. In some cases, a
Finalists' EOD start date may reflect "12/31/20XX" to show he/she
is pending an official start date; this is typically due to a
pending background investigation by the appointing agency or
because the Finalist is working on completing his/her graduate
degree requirements by the August 31 deadline.
Once a Finalist accepts an appointment, he/she is encouraged to
send an email to email@example.com with the subject of "PMF
Appointment." The email should contain the following information,
- first and last name,
- personal email address,
- the agency/sub-agency to which appointed or accepted an
- projected start date,
- job title,
- pay schedule, job series, and pay grade (e.g.,
- name and email address of the position's supervisor, and
- the Agency PMF Coordinator associated
to the agency/sub-agency.
Based on this information, the Finalist's status will be updated
in our database. Your status as a Finalist changes to a Fellow once
you start your appointment.
Appointment Eligibility Extensions
Hiring agencies may formally request an appointment eligibility
extension for a specific Finalist they are interested in hiring and
cannot bring onboard by the one year deadline; this is typically a
result of a lengthy background investigation.
An agency can ONLY make a request, via its designated Agency PMF
Coordinator, if it has made an official appointment offer to the
Finalist, the Finalist has accepted the offer, and the extension
request is submitted to the PMF Program Office BEFORE the
appointment eligibility deadline.
If the PMF Program Office approves such a request, the extension
is only valid for that Finalist and the agency making the request.
If, for whatever reason, the requesting agency rescinds the offer,
the extended Finalist will lose further consideration if the
appointment eligibility deadline has passed. The Finalist must
still meet eligibility and the position's qualifications.