Value Proposition and Overview
What is the PMF Program?
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to the
Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of
academic disciplines and career paths, who have a clear interest
in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management
of public policies and programs. By drawing graduate students from
diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the PMF Program provides a
continuing source of trained men and women to meet the future
challenges of public service.
The About Us
webpage contains an introduction about the PMF Program and includes
all the Program Policies.
How does the PMF Program work for Federal
- Recruit the Best: We recruit
thousands of recent or current graduates through a network of
graduate schools. Many have extensive prior experience in public
administration, technology, science, health, human resources,
business, and financial management that can be invaluable to your
- Pre-Qualify Finalists: OPM
assesses each candidate on several competencies, to
include: adaptability, integrity, interpersonal skills, motivation
to serve, oral/written communications, and problem
solving. Finalists are pre-qualified at the GS-9 level,
although agencies may initially appoint at the GS-9
through 12, or equivalent.
- Hire All Year: Agencies can post
available appointment, rotational, and training opportunities to
the PMF TMS (Talent Management System). To recruit Finalists for
PMF appointments, the agency would post an appointment opportunity.
Rotational opportunities are specific to current
- Develop New Leaders: Fellows
receive 80 hours of formal interactive training each year (for a
total of 160 hours) and participate in a 4 to 6 developmental assignment
during their two-year fellowships. Agencies can also sponsor
Fellows for optional rotational assignments.
How do I get started?
- First, talk to your Agency PMF
Coordinator to discuss how to get
started. If you are new to participating in the PMF Program,
please follow the instructions on designating an Agency PMF
Coordinator found under the Resources webpage. Each participating
Federal agency identifies an Agency PMF Coordinator to support
their PMF Program participation.
- Participate in the Hiring
Event. Agencies can participate
in the OPM-sponsored hiring events to connect with hundreds of
Finalists available for hire. Additional information can be found
on the Hiring Event webpage, under Find Candidates. Agencies should
prepare position descriptions, interview questions, and information
about the agency.
- Advertise Your
Positions. The PMF Program uses a
Talent Management System (TMS) to advertise appointment
opportunities for Finalists and rotational opportunties for current
- Current Finalists:
Upon official selection and announcement of Finalists, a list will
be available on the PMF website. However, once the appointment
eligibility period expires, the current lists of Finalists will be
removed. Finalists have 12 months to accept and start a PMF
appointment before their appointment eligibility expires.
Hiring a Presidential Management Fellow Fact Sheet [47 KB]: This fact
sheet is intended for PMF Program supervisors and hiring officials
to explain the hiring process and the various stages of a typical
fellowship. Although the fact sheet has not yet been updated to
reflect newer regulations, as a result of the Pathways Programs
final rule that took effect on July 10, 2012, it provides a general
overview on the hiring process.