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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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PMF STEM

What is the PMF STEM track?

In 2012, President Obama directed Federal agencies to close the skills gap for mission critical occupations, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Beginning with the PMF Class of 2014, the PMF Program piloted a STEM track to address this skills gap. The PMF STEM track helped identify and train future STEM leaders for the Federal Government. This pilot continued into the PMF Class of 2015 and 2016.

The PMF Program Office solicited workforce planning estimates from participating Federal agencies in identifying STEM-eligible disciplines and adjusted its recruitment efforts annually. A total of 53 STEM-eligible disciplines have been identified throughout the 3-year period (e.g., Agricultural Science, Civil Engineering, Ecology, Veterinary Medicine). Those applicants with STEM-eligible degrees were asked if they were applying for the traditional PMF Program or the PMF STEM Track Pilot. Those who applied for the pilot and selected as STEM Finalists were only eligible for PMF STEM positions. STEM positions were determined by Federal agencies recruiting for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.

PMF STEM Track Pilot Retirement

The PMF Program Office decided to retire the PMF STEM Track Pilot beginning with the selection and announcement of Finalists for the PMF Class of 2017. However, STEM disciplines, now known as STEAM disciplines to include "Arts", will continue to be a central part of recruitment efforts and considered priority hires for some agencies. This enables Finalists having STEM-eligible degrees to obtain any PMF appointment (STEM or non-STEM).

PMF STEM Finalists

The current PMF Class of 2016 Finalists, including STEM Finalists, have until 02-24-2017 to accept and start a PMF appointment. Class of 2016 STEM Finalists continue to only be eligible for those PMF positions designated by participating Federal agencies as PMF STEM. Non-STEM 2016 Finalists are not eligible for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.

For more information on the benefits of the PMF Program, visit the Opportunity.

UPDATED: 11-10-2016