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Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Post-Lapse Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Posted on 2019-02-11T14:30:00

OPM has issued a memo to heads of agencies and departments regarding “Answers to Frequently Asked Post-Lapse Questions”, including a couple specific to the PMF Program.  The memo has been posted to the Chief Human Capital Officers Council website at https://www.chcoc.gov/content/answers-frequently-asked-post-lapse-questions.

Below is an excerpt of FAQs specific to the PMF Program: 

Q1.  If a President Management Fellow’s (PMF) Executive Resources Board certification is due to take place during a lapse in appropriations, and the PMF is furloughed or the staff who would review for certification are on furlough, can an agency extend the PMF’s appointment? 

A1.  Agencies have the authority to extend a PMF’s 2-year fellowship for up to an additional 120 days for rare and unusual circumstances.  PMFs and supervisors should contact their Agency’s PMF Coordinator for information about extensions.   

Q2.  If a furloughed PMF is unable to complete a required developmental activity as part of the PMF Program’s requirements, can an agency extend the PMF’s appointment?  

A2.  All PMFs must complete a minimum of 80 hours of formal interactive training per year, and at least one 4-6 month developmental assignment as part of the Program’s requirements.  If a PMF was unable to complete these mandatory requirements as a result of being furloughed, the agency may extend the PMF’s 2-year fellowship for up to an additional 120 days (note that short-term rotations are optional).  PMFs and supervisors should contact their Agency’s PMF Coordinator for information about extensions. 

General information on furlough guidance can be found on OPM’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/#url=Overview.

Current Fellows should direct any questions to their Supervisor and Agency PMF Coordinator.  Thank you.