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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Current PMFs

Training and Development

The PMF Leadership Development Program

The PMF Leadership Development Program (PMF LDP) is designed to support the PMF's leadership journey during their two-year fellowship (see the PMF LDP Journey Model, Slide Deck, and FAQs posted under the Current PMFs\Resources webpage). Participation in the PMF LDP counts towards their training and developmental requirements. Participation is optional and strongly encouraged. Participation is at the agency’s discretion and at the discretion of the Fellow’s supervisor and agency.

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. All PMF LDP communications are sent to the Fellow's personal and work email addresses.

In addition, the PMF LDP encourages the Fellow's Supervisor and Agency PMF Coordinator to be fully engaged. During the PMF LDP, both Supervisors and Agency PMF Coordinators will be invited to participate. Additional details will be provided separately.

The PMF LDP is designed to accomplish the following:

  • Deliver a premier developmental experience that equips the PMFs for future leadership roles in 21st century government,
  • Support Agency PMF Coordinators in fulfilling their roles as guides to PMF development,
  • Support Agency PMF Hiring Managers and Supervisors in fulfilling their roles as models and mentors,
  • Build a strong esprit de corps across each PMF Class through Collaboration and Relationship Building,
  • Apply experiential learning methods to ensure learning transfer, and
  • Connect accomplished PMF Alumni with current PMFs to serve as models, mentors, and guides.

Each session will start with a cohort of Fellows and span over an initial multi-day training event. Each session will have a capacity of 100 Fellows to accommodate the entire class while maintaining an interactive learning environment. Fellows outside of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, may be grouped by region.

Value Proposition (for Fellows and Agencies)

The Presidential Management Fellows Leadership Development Program (PMF LDP) enables a resilient succession pipeline through supporting agencies in the development of their future leaders. Fellows are equipped to build and sustain a capacity to meet the strategic goals of the Director, Congress, and the President of the United States.

A Fellow’s full participation equates to over 100 hours of training and development that would count towards the 160 hours formal training a Fellow must complete during their 2-year fellowship. Such training should be documented on their IDP. 

If an agency and Fellow did not have access to the PMF LDP and wanted to obtain similar programming on their own through similar providers, we estimate that based on market analysis it would cost agencies at least $15,000 per individual to provide. All PMFs have access to this program as part of the one-time placement fee per PMF and there are NO ADDITIONAL COSTS (other than associated travel costs for regional participants to come to two on-site sessions over the two years). 

Program Overview Highlights

Year 1:  Leading Self and Leading Others - The PMF Journey

All Fellows will be expected to fully participate in a multi-day initial session to jumpstart the program. Full participation is required in order to obtain credit for the Fellow's training and developmental requirements.

Competencies Included:

  • Conflict Management:  Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Continual Learning:  Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
  • Creativity/Innovation:  Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
  • Developing Others:  Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
  • Flexibility:  Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
  • Influencing/Negotiating:  Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Public Service Motivation:  Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
  • Resilience:  Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Also included:

  • A full-day at the White House Complex with Administration Leaders
  • Agency PMF Coordinators and Supervisors will be invited to participate

Year 2:  Leading Change


  • Decisiveness:  Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Flexibility:  Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Partnering:  Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • Political Savvy:  Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Problem Solving:  Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
  • Team Building:  Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

Also included:

  • Quarterly Networking Events with other Fellows and Alumni
  • Monthly Fellows' Community of Practice with Certified Federal Coach
  • One year deep dive into competency development begins after the on-site. The Cohorts meet monthly to enhance their knowledge and skills, integrating the PMF Journey Model.

NOTE:  The PMF LDP is designed to take place over a Fellow's 2-year fellowship. Fellows are asked to commit to the curriculum over their 2-year fellowship.

A copy of a slide deck explaining the PMF LDP, the PMF LDP Journey Model, and the PMF LDP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found under the Current PMFs\Resources webpage.

Eligibility to Participate

The PMF LDP is being offered to Fellows starting with the Class of 2017 and going forward. 

In order for Fellows to participate in the PMF LDP:

  • The Fellow must be already on board at their agency at the time the PMF LDP session is scheduled to take place,
  • The Agency PMF Coordinator has accurately entered the Fellows' appointment information in the PMF Talent Management System (TMS), and
  • The agency has submitted reimbursement for the one-time placement fee to the PMF Program Office for the Fellow's initial appointment.

The Fellow's Agency PMF Coordinator is responsible for accurately recording PMF appointments in the PMF TMS and ensuring the Fellow's program office has reimbursed the PMF Program Office for the one-time placement fee. Fellows should not contact the PMF Program Office to confirm eligibility to participate in the PMF LDP; please contact your Agency PMF Coordinator.

The training tuition for the PMF LDP is included in the one-time placement fee. However, any travel costs will be the Fellow's appointing agency's responsibility.

How to Register

Current Fellows will be notified of additional information and when to pre-register via email. To ensure notification is sent to all Fellows, the PMF Program Office will send an email to the Fellow's work AND personal email address 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 Supervisors to gain approval to attend, Fellows may pre-register. Once available, Fellows will be able to log into their applicant user account on the Apply Site of the PMF TMS and click the "PMF LDP Pre-Registration" button. The PMF Program Office will validate pre-registrations and send a separate confirmation with additional details prior to the scheduled training.

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, at the end of each year of the program, and/or electronically to participating Fellows.

NOTE:  During the portion at the White House Complex, all participants must be pre-cleared to access the facility due to security requirements. The confirmation email will contain a link for Fellows to submit Personal Identifiable Information (PII) ahead of time in order to access the facility; the link and process is referred to as WAVES. Such information will include Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Full Legal Name, Gender, etc., which must match the photo identification you will use to clear through security. Once a participant enters the Complex, he/she cannot exit and re-enter.


(All deadlines are based on Eastern Time)

NOTE:  The dates below are approximate and subject to change. Please check frequently for updates.


Class of 2018:

October 31-November 1, 2018

Class of 2019:

September 10-12, 2019 (Fall)

August 11-13, 2020 (Summer)

*Note: This session was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020 (Spring), but was postponed due to COVID-19

Class of 2020:

September 15-17, 2020 (Fall)

Year 1:  Leading Self and Leading Others

A 3-day on-site in Washington, DC. Provides 24 hours of training and development. Must complete Year 1 in order to participate in Year 2.

Class of 2018:

January 28-31, 2020 (Winter)

June 9-12, 2020 (Summer)

Class of 2019:

January 26-29, 2021 (Winter)

Year 2:  Leading Change

A 4-day on-site in Washington, DC. Provides 32 hours of training and development. Topics include Lean Six Sigma, Human Centered Design, and Change Management. Completing Year 2 includes the Challenge Project.

Class of 2017:

August 29, 2019

Class of 2018:

September 3, 2020

May 14, 2020

Class of 2019:

May 13, 2021

Year 2:  Challenge Project

Completed during Year 2. Provides approximately 31 hours of training and development.

Throughout Year 1 and 2

Variety of coaching, competency development, and networking events occur throughout the PMF LDP. Each cohort will be provided additional information on these events. Provides approximately 20 hours of training and development.

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

UPDATED:  08-26-2020