Training and Development
Rotational opportunities are assignments often used to
allow Fellows to gain a broader perspective of the Federal
Government. These opportunities can take you to another
bureau, division, office, or program within your agency, or even to
another Federal agency. By participating in rotational
opportunities, you can gain management experience, work in
specific occupational fields, or learn about a program function
from another perspective.
You are required to do at least one
developmental assignment of 4-6 consecutive months in duration in
the occupation or functional discipline in which you will most
likely be placed, with full-time management and/or technical
responsibilities consistent with your IDP (Individual Development
Plan). A developmental assignment is a rotational opportunity,
but not all rotational opportunities meet the criteria of the
required developmental assignment. Please remember that you must
receive at least one developmental assignment meeting the above
The PMF regulations specify that in addition to the
developmental assignment, you may receive other short-term
rotations of 1 to 6 months in duration, at your appointing
agency's discretion, to occupations or functional areas different
from the one in which you will most likely be placed.
Rotations and developmental assignments are grouped together as
Rotational Opportunities when advertised for Fellows.
Because the agency and supervisor will be without your
services during the rotational opportunity, but are still
paying your salary, there may be times when the agency
will turn down or adjust your request regarding these
Rotational opportunities are at the discretion of
your home agency, including any outside of your
organization. You are required to go through agency-specific
procedures before pursuing them. More specifically, it
is your responsibility to initiate the approval process, if
required by the agency, before making contacts or agreements to go
on rotational opportunities.
The PMF Program Office has developed a sample
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template
that Fellows and agencies may use. An MOU
outlines the roles and responsibilities of all parties. The
template is available in the Current PMFs\Resources section. This sample
PMF MOU may be used when performing a rotational opportunity at an
agency other than your agency. This form should be
tailored to meet the needs of the specific assignment. You
should consult with your supervisor and/or Agency PMF
Coordinator for assistance.
While some rotational opportunities are arranged
by your agency, many Fellows take the initiative to
identify opportunities they are particularly interested
in. If an agency concludes that an optional short-term
rotational opportunity to a non-Federal entity is appropriate
to assist you to reach core competencies necessary for
conversion to the targeted position at the end of your
fellowship, it is the responsibility of the agency to address
potential legal and ethical issues associated with such a rotation.
However, the required developmental assignment can only take place
within your organizatin, agency, or another Federal agency; Federal
agency is basically defined as those agencies within the Executive
Branch and those agencies who participate in the PMF Program.
The frequency and duration of rotational
opportunities during a Fellow's two-year fellowship may vary
greatly from agency to agency. You are encouraged to be
flexible and to have reasonable expectations regarding the agency's
support for the location, timing, and duration of a rotational
When appropriate, a Fellow may participate in a rotational
opportunity in Congress; however, such opportunity must be with a
congressional committee, which would prevent any potential conflict
of interest and bipartisanship. Fellows should consult with their
supervisor, Agency PMF Coordinator, and perhaps their General
Counsel, for any agency-specific policies and procedures for such
While on a rotational opportunity, you remain
employed by your agency and are not to be separated from
Federal service. While on the rotational
opportunity, your salary continues to be paid by the
appointing agency, although housing, transportation, training, or
other expenses are sometimes paid by the agency hosting the Fellow
for this period of time. Agencies that permit a Fellow to
perform a rotational opportunity outside of the agency
are encouraged to have a memorandum of understanding with the
hosting agency in place before the rotational opportunity
You should record any rotational opportunities on your IDP,
especially the required developmental assignment.
List of Rotational Opportunities
To access the current list of rotational opportunities for
CURRENT FELLOWS ONLY, follow these steps:
- Go to the login screen for Finalists and Fellows at https://apply.pmf.gov/pmf.
- At the top of the screen, you will see a link to "View
Rotational and Training Opportunities".
3. Click on the link to be
redirected to the "Search for Opportunities" screen.
4. Select your search
criteria, click "Apply", and then click "Search". Only open
opportunities will result.
5. Follow the How to Apply
instructions provided in the posting. If you have questions, please
contact the point of contact identified or the Agency PMF
Coordinator associated to the posting agency.