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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Current PMFs

Training and Development

Rotational Opportunities

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 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 complete at least one developmental assignment, meeting the above criteria, as part of the program requirements. 

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 and benefits, there may be times when the agency will deny or adjust your request regarding these opportunities. 

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 under the Current PMFs\Resources webpage. 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 and follow your agency's policies and procedures.

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 opportunity.

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 rotations.

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 and benefits 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 an MOU with the hosting agency in place before the rotational opportunity begins.

You should record any rotational opportunities on your IDP, especially the required developmental assignment.

List of Rotational Opportunities

The PMF Program Office is presently migrating a new PMF TMS (Talent Management System). The PMF TMS will provide the ability for agencies to post rotational opportunities for current Fellows. Rotational opportunities are strictly for current Fellows.
Fellows will be required to log into the PMF TMS to search and view rotational opportunities.
Until this function of the PMF TMS has launched, Fellows are encourage to network with other Fellows and contact Agency PMF Coordinators. Your supervisor and Agency PMF Coordiantor should be able to assist you in finding such opportunities. All Fellows, including all Agency PMF Coordinators, will be notified when this function has launched and provided instructions on how to login and search for such opportunities. Once launched, this webpage will be updated to reflect additional instructions.
UPDATED:  11-05-2016