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The PMF Program solicits eligible individuals who have recently or soon will complete an advanced degree (masters, doctorate, or professional) to apply to its annual application in the fall.  The Program administers the annual application by fiscal year and refers to the cycle as a Class. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Become a PMF webpage.

When the PMF Program Office announces the Class of Finalists, participating Federal agencies can use the Pathways Programs Schedule D Hiring Authority to appoint a Finalist as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF; Fellow). Fellows are appointed in the excepted service for a 2-year fellowship. Finalists have an appointment eligibility period of 12 months.  Go to  Current Finalists to see the most current list, which shows their appointment status, agency appointed at, academic institution, and degree discipline. Please visit the Attorneys webpage regarding Finalists with law degrees and the inability to appoint Finalists into Attorney (0904\0905 Job Series) positions.

To learn more about posting opportunities, please go to the  Post Opportunities webpage.  Check with your Agency PMF Coordinator for any PMF Program policies and procedures in place.

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The PMF Program Office uses an on-line system to recruit and track Program participants referred to as the PMF TMS (Talent Management System). The PMF TMS is used by registered users to apply to the Program; track participant status; advertise appointment opportunities for Finalists; advertise rotational/training opportunities for current Fellows; enable Agency PMF Coordinators to record appointments, track their PMFs, grant access to agency staff (e.g., hiring officials to search resumes and other staff to post opportunities); and program requirements.

The first step for hiring officials is to gain access to the PMF TMS by contacting their Agency PMF Coordinator. Only Agency PMF Coordinators can add/edit/delete Sub-Agency PMF Coordinator accounts, Agency HR Recruiter accounts (e.g., staff to access applicant documents and post opportunities), and Agency User accounts (e.g., hiring officials strictly needing access to search resumes of current Finalists).

The Agency PMF Coordinator is the agency's liaison between the PMF Program Office (OPM) and program participants. Any Program questions should be directed to the Agency PMF Coordinator as he/she is the best contact to understand their agency's PMF Program policies and procedures. In addition, a list of agency roles and responsibilities can be found under the Agency Responsibilities webpage.

Once a user account has been established, the second step is to log into the PMF TMS and search resumes. 

Follow these steps to log into the PMF TMS:

  1. Go to 
  2. Login
  3. Follow the instructions in the PMF TMS User Guide for Agencies. The User Guide, along with other resources, can be found under the Resources webpage.

If a hiring official finds the Finalist he/she is interested in, please consult with your Agency PMF Coordinator to understand the selection process. Only an HR Specialist in the agency's Human Resources Office can determine qualifications and make official appointment offers. An appointment opportunity must be posted to recruit a Finalist for a PMF appointment (effective with the PMF Class of 2017) and veterans' preference procedures followed.

Be sure to check the list of Current Finalists to check on a candidate's status before making an appointment offer. Once an offer is made, the appointing agency's designated Agency PMF Coordinator is responsible for logging into the PMF TMS to officially record the appointment. Any changes to a PMF's record or status are performed by the Coordinator.  When in doubt, contact the Agency PMF Coordinator.

UPDATED:  11-03-2016