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Current PMFs

Training and Development

PMF Leadership Development Program Overview

As you embark on your two-year journey as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), we welcome you to participate in the Presidential Management Fellows Leadership Development Program (PMF LDP). The PMF LDP is designed to give you a cohort-based developmental experience that prepares you for future leadership in the Federal Government.  The PMF LDP is designed to support each Fellow’s leadership journey during their fellowship.  The PMF Program Office has partnered with OPM’s Center for Leadership Development (CLD), the Federal Executive Institute (FEI), the Lab, and the Process & Performance Improvement Program in the development of the PMF LDP. To learn more about CLD and the educational courses offered, please go to https://leadership.opm.gov.

The PMF LDP is focused in assisting Fellows to identify the values they hold that lead to making a difference in the Federal Government and in their role as civil servants. Through self-assessment, intensive small group discussions, team building challenges and a professional individual development plan (IDP), Fellows will learn to develop a vision for something they care about. With an emphasis on being a change maker through service, passion, and integrity, Fellows explore who they are and the impact that they want to make both personally and professionally.

The PMF LDP is designed to take place over a participant’s 2-year fellowship. Fellows who participate are asked to make their best effort to completing the full curriculum over their 2-year fellowship.

Year 1:  Leading Self, Engaging Others

Includes a multi-day course followed by monthly virtual sessions with small-group Cohorts over a 10-month period.

Not a typical leadership program, this multi-day PMF LDP is grounded in assisting a Fellow to identify the values they hold that lead to making a difference in the Federal Government and in their role as civil servants. Through self-assessment, intensive small group discussions, team building challenges and a professional individual development plan (IDP), Fellows will learn to develop a vision for something they care about. With an emphasis on being a change maker through service, passion, and integrity, Fellows explore who they are and the impact that they want to make both personally and professionally. Each session will have a capacity of 150 Fellows to accommodate the entire class while maintaining an interactive learning environment.

Following the multi-day course, key competencies for emerging leaders will be presented monthly through virtual meetings and will align with the Federal Leadership Competency Model, Executive Core Qualifications, and the Executive Order 14035 of June 25, 2021, on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility within the Federal Workforce.

Year 2:  Leading Change

Fellows will participate in a multi-day session unpacking the fundamentals of Change Management and process improvement methods and tools to immediately implement toward a Challenge Project capstone connected to the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals. Each Fellow will have 24 work hours over a 10-week period to work with their team of Fellows on their Challenge Project, and then present their work in front of Fellows and agency senior leadership at the end of the project period. The Year 2 curriculum is designed to help build and strengthen Fellows’ abilities in key leadership competencies such as Partnering, Flexibility, Team Building, Problem Solving, Political Savvy and more.

Year 2 PMF LDP activities are carefully aligned with the Federal Leadership Competency Model, Executive Core Qualifications, and the Executive Orders on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility within the Federal workforce.

Training Hours

NOTE: PMF LDP activities are conducted virtually unless otherwise noted.

Training Element Number of Hours

PMF LDP “Leading Self” Training Pre-work:  Articles, Assessment, IDP Creation (Year 1)

7

PMF LDP “Leading Self” 3-Day Orientation and Training (Year 1, In-Person)

22

Competency Trainings (Year 1, Virtual)

 

6 (volunteers serving as team leads and meeting facilitators can expect more hours)

One-on-One Meetings with Coaches (Year 1, Virtual)

2

Peer-to-Peer Exchanges (Year 1, Virtual)

4

Government Leader Interviews (Year 1)

3

PMF LDP “Leading Change” Training Pre-Work (Year 2)

2

PMF LDP “Leading Change” Orientation and 4-Day Training (Year 2, Virtual)

27.5

Challenge Project Participation (Year 2, Virtual)

10  (maximum number of hours may be more depending on level of participation)

Challenge Project Presentations (Year 2, Virtual)

6.5 (Minimum, maximum of 10)

Lunch and Learn Sessions (12 every other month sessions over 2 years, Virtual)

12 (this element is intended to begin by March 2023)

Quarterly Networking Sessions (3 2-hour sessions per year over 2 years, Virtual)

12 (this element is intended to begin by March 2023)

Projected Total Hours for Full Participation Over Two Years

114

A Program Open to All Presidential Management Fellows

All PMFs have access to this program as part of the one-time placement fee per PMF that hiring agencies submit to the PMF Program Office and there are NO ADDITIONAL COSTS (other than any applicable travel costs). 

Participation is at the discretion of the agency and/or the Fellow's Supervisor and is strongly encouraged. For additional information, please review the OPM Form 1310, PMF LDP Participant Agreement. The OPM Form 1310, PMF LDP Participant Agreement, can be found under the Current PMFs/Resources webpage. This agreement is mandatory and used to set forth the expectations between the Fellow and their Supervisor for the Fellow’s full participation in the PMF LDP. When Fellows register to participate, they will be required to fill out the agreement and upload it to the PMF TMS via their user account before they will be confirmed.

NOTE: Host agencies for developmental assignments and rotations are required to allow a Fellow to continue their participation in the PMF LDP once they have started (exceptions may be made for rare and unusual circumstances such as overseas travel or other conditions that would make it extremely difficult for a Fellow to continue participation while on a developmental assignment or rotation). Initial PMF LDP communications are sent to the Fellow's personal and work email addresses. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to notify their Agency PMF Coordinator of any changes and/or updates in the PMF TMS (Talent Management System).

In addition, the PMF LDP encourages the Fellow's Supervisor and Agency PMF Coordinator to be fully engaged. Additional details will be provided in separate communications to Fellows.

PMF LDP Year 1 "Leading Self"

The highlight is the 3-Day In-Person Orientation and Training, which serves as the foundation of the entire PMF LDP experience. Attendance is required to participate in other formal first year program elements (such as the peer-to-peer exchanges and competency training) as well as to participate in the PMF LDP year two. This 3-Day consists of the following:

PMF Orientation to the PMF LDP:  The PMF Program Office provides an opportunity for you to meet the PMF Program Office team, learn about the overall Leadership Development Program and program requirements, to network with your colleagues, and to hear from Federal agency guest speakers committed to a high-quality PMF experience.

Center for Leadership Development’s Federal Executive Institute led “Leading Self” Training:  You will spend 2.5 days immersed in a transformative leadership development experience led by faculty of the highly regarded Federal Executive Institute. The training introduces you to the values, skills and competencies required to lead in the Federal Government. Highlights include interactive sessions focused on inclusive leadership, finding purpose in service, leading with integrity, leading and working from our values, and the role of the Oath of Office and civil service.

The 3-day training is only the beginning, and the Federal Executive Institute will support you in the months that follow with:

  • Monthly coaching/mentoring sessions to continue competency development and
  • Peer-to-Peer consultation, which provide Fellows an opportunity to solicit feedback from peers about a leadership challenge.

PMF LDP Year 1 Eligibility and Registration

To participate in the in the Year 1 session, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a PMF who has onboarded at your host agency and your appointment information is complete (e.g., current government work email address and supervisor contact information),
  • You have your supervisor’s approval to participate and attend the full 3-Day session,
  • The training tuition for the PMF LDP is included in the one-time placement fee; however, any travel costs and adjustments to work schedule, will be the Fellow's appointing agency's responsibility, 
  • Your PMF placement fee must have been paid for by your agency (you will not be permitted to attend unless payment is submitted; please contact your Supervisor and/or your Agency PMF Coordinator directly to find out if the one-time placement fee has been paid; you can also monitor this as part of your appointment information in the PMF TMS under “Financial Status”), and
  • You are available to participate in monthly competency group sessions scheduled after the event.
  • Fellows should not contact the PMF Program Office to confirm eligibility to participate in the PMF LDP; please contact your Agency PMF Coordinator.

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above, please review this webpage entirely before registering.

You will be asked to complete the OPM Form 1310, PMF LDP Participant Agreement, which is posted under the Current PMFs/Resources webpage, prior to being confirmed for participation; additional instructions will be provided during the registration process.

Registration is posted as an event on the PMF TMS. If you plan to register to participate, you must obtain supervisory approval. Also, please make sure your work contact information and home mailing address are up to date; you can check this by logging into the Apply Site of the PMF TMS at https://apply.pmf.gov and click on “Manage Docs & Personal Info”. Course materials will be mailed to your home address of record if you are absolutely unable to attend in-person.

PMF LDP Year 2 "Leading Change"

Fellows will participate in a multi-day session unpacking the fundamentals of Change Management and process improvement methods and tools to immediately implement toward a Challenge Project capstone connected to the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals. Each Fellow will work with their team of Fellows on their Challenge Project, and then present their work in front of Fellows and agency senior leadership at the end of the project period. The Year 2 curriculum is designed to help build and strengthen Fellows’ abilities in key leadership competencies such as Partnering, Flexibility, Team Building, Problem Solving, Political Savvy, and more.

“Leading Change” 4-Day Training

Training will be provided by OPM’s Center for Leadership Development and includes a four-day virtual event (spread over two weeks), where Fellows are exposed to methodologies that they may immediately utilize to support their work engaging in Challenge Projects. Training elements include the following:

  • Change Management: Applying a structured process and set of tools for leading the people

side of change to achieve a desired outcome

  • Process Improvement: The proactive task of identifying, analyzing, and improving upon

existing business processes within an organization for optimization and to meet new goals

or standards of quality

  • Human-Centered Design: A framework that develops solutions to problems by involving

the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process

Challenge Projects

Challenge Projects are a key component of the PMF LDP presenting an opportunity for second year Fellows to put their training in “leading change” into action by supporting Federal agencies with real world challenges. Highlights include the following:

  • Directly support an agency to address a challenge while applying new project and change management techniques, all while receiving the support of the agency relying on their recommendations
  • Multiple teams simultaneously work on Challenge Projects, providing different sets of recommendations for an agency to draw from
  • Centered on problems that do not have a single obvious answer (i.e., the solution is not clear or the choice between solutions is debatable)
  • Focused on a complex issue that has a significant impact on the ability of the agency to efficiently and effectively fulfill its strategic goals and objectives
  • Challenge Projects are aligned with the President’s Management Agenda (https://assets.performance.gov/PMA/Biden-Harris_Management_Agenda_Vision_11-18.pdf).

PMF LDP Year 2 Eligibility and Registration

Eligibility to participate in the Year 2 training and Challenge Project consists of the following elements:

  • Fellows must have completed the main PMF LDP Year 1 training (the 2.5 day training),
  • Be in the second year of your fellowship at the start of the Year 2 training, and
  • Have completed all PMF LDP Year 1 competency sessions OR if not yet completed, agree to continue PMF LDP Year 1 work by participating in remaining competency sessions

Events Open to All Fellows

Networking Events:  The PMF Program Office will sponsor 3-4 networking events per year. These will typically involve multiple speakers from various agencies speaking on a topic of relevance to Fellows. Networking events typically include opportunities for Fellows to interact in smaller virtual (or hybrid) environments. These events are open to ALL Fellows regardless of year and are optional. These sessions may be attended and counted for training hours with permission of your Supervisor.

Lunch and Learn:  The PMF Program Office will sponsor a minimum of six lunch and learn events throughout the year. These events are open to ALL Fellows regardless of year and are optional. These sessions will focus on topics of professional interest to a wide-range of Fellows. Topics will be based on needs and interests identified by Fellows, Supervisors, and Agency PMF Coordinators. These sessions may be attended and counted for training hours with permission of your Supervisor.

Other events and opportunities may be made available to Fellows throughout the year including some with the opportunity to receive training hours approved by your Supervisor. You will receive updates on events that you are eligible for directly by email.

Event Notification and Registration Process

Current Fellows will be notified via an automated email from the PMF TMS when an event has been posted. Event details, registration, and automated emails come through the Events Management System (EMS) built into the PMF TMS. To ensure notification is sent to all Fellows, the PMF TMS will send an invitational email to the Fellow's work AND personal email addresses on record. Fellows may view their current appointment information (e.g., check the accuracy of their work email address) by logging into their applicant user account in the Apply Site of the PMF TMS. After consulting with their Supervisor to gain approval to attend, Fellows may pre-register.

NOTE: Fellows must opt-in to received automated emails from the PMF TMS; the initial default is “Yes”, but Fellows may opt-out if they choose. To confirm your permissions, log into the Apply Site of the PMF TMS and click on “Manage Settings”.

The PMF Program Office will validate pre-registrations and send a separate confirmation with additional details prior to the scheduled training. Registrations may be waitlisted or marked pending if the Fellow has not onboarded yet, the one-time placement fee is outstanding, or the event is full. Priority will be made for those Fellows waitlisted from the previous session.

Fellows should not register to participate until they obtain supervisory approval. Each agency has different policies and procedures for an employee's training and development. Fellows may need to consult their Agency PMF Coordinator for additional guidance.

Fellows should track their participation in the PMF LDP on their Individual Development Plan (IDP). Certificates of Completion will be either provided at the conclusion of an event or at the end of each year of the PMF LDP. Fellows and Agency PMF Coordinators can monitor registrations and what hours of completion have been awarded. Fellows can access and print a Certificate of Completion where applicable.

Timeline

Year One:  3-Day PMF LDP Orientation and “Leading Self” In- Person Trainings (Washington DC Metro area)

  • Cohort 13: February 14-16, 2023 (University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC)
  • Cohort 14: May 2023 (exact dates TBD)
  • Cohort 15: July 2023 (exact dates TBD)
  • Cohort 16: September 2023 (exact dates TBD)

Dates for competency trainings and peer-to-peer trainings will be provided by email to eligible Fellows who have completed the initial 3-Day PMF LDP Orientation and “Leading Self” Training.

Year Two:  4 Day Training and Challenge Project

  • Cohort 9: January 24, 26, 31, and Feb 2, 2023 (with Challenge Project to follow through to March 16, 2023)
  • Cohort 10: June 2023 (exact dates TBD)

Additional dates related to Challenge Project responsibilities will be provided by email to Fellows.

Resources

Please continue to check this webpage and the Resources webpage for any updates as items are subject to change.

Please send any questions you might have to the PMF LDP team at PMFLDP@opm.gov.

UPDATED:  12-19-2022