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 class year, name, academic institution, advanced degree, "Yes" if having adjudicated veterans' preference, and status. Please visit the Attorneys webpage regarding Finalists with law degrees and the inability to appoint Finalists into Attorney (0904\0905 Job Series) positions in the competitive service.
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.
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., HR staff to manage the recruitment process); and program requirements.
The Agency PMF Coordinator is the agency's liaison between the PMF Program Office (OPM), their agency's personnel, 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.
Hiring managers interested in hiring a PMF should follow these steps:
- Complete the PMF TMS Appointment Opportunity Template for Agencies (found under the Agencies\Resources section on this website)
- Submit the completed template to their Agency PMF Coordinator
- The appointment opportunity must be posted to the PMF TMS (effective with the announcement of Finalists for the PMF Class of 2017)
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.