Become a PMF
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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 one year after the date Finalists
are officially announced. For example, Finalists for the PMF Class
of 2013 were selected on April 8, 2013; they have until April 8,
2014, 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.
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. Thus, we ask
Finalists to take the following steps, which are explained in more
- 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 agencies will begin posting
appointment opportunities in the coming days. Please check the PMF
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. Current Fellows from the Classes of 2010, 2011,
and 2012 may not yet be able to update their contact information
until we transition from the old to the new systems; additional
information will be provided once the data migration is
Updating Your Resume and
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, 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
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 agencies require agency-specific
forms for this purpose; if this is the case, they will inform you.
Common forms can be found under the Forms section.
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 agency to
another and many agencies have unique requirements.