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 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
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
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 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.