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Frequently Asked Questions Training

  • U.S. government participants in FEI arrange their attendance in the following ways: 1. Leadership for a Democratic Society Contact your agency training office. FEI sells all Leadership for a Democratic Society spaces to agency training representative prior to the start of each fiscal year. Your training office staff works with Terry Stotts, FEI Registrar (434-980-6232, terry.stots2opm.gov) to complete the registration. 2. Interagency Courses There are sevaral ways to register for a course: a. Initiate your program registration online with your Government Purchase Card payment, the fastest way to reserve your space. Click here: Register b. Contact the customer service representative (304-870-8008 or 888-676-9632, register@opm.gov). You may email, fax or mail registration forms and SF182's for all seminars (excluding Leadership for a Democratic Society).  The mailing address is: 239 Lowe Drive Shepardstown, WV 25443 3. Custom Programs Contact Karen Kimmel, Account Manager (434-980-6230, karen.kimmel@opm.gov) or Claudia Lowe, Account Manager (434-961-6403, claudia.lowe@opm.gov)
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  • The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that agencies are responsible for evaluating and providing status to applicants at four points which are:   Application Received Application Assessed Applicant Referred or Not Referred to Selection Official Applicant Selected or Not Selected   Although each agency is different, generally, you will hear from the hiring agency in about 15-30 days after the job opportunity announcement (JOA) closes.  If you have not heard from the agency, you should contact the agency that posted the JOA to inquire about the status of your application. You may also go to "My Account" to view your application history.  The contact information for each announcement is listed in the lower portion of the JOA and also on the floating menu on the right hand side of the JOA.  If the JOA has closed and no longer appears on the USAJOBS® website, you can contact the human resources office of the hiring agency for additional information and assistance or feel free to click on Contact Us.  
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  • Work with your agency training office. FEI terminates acceptance of nominations or substitutions four weeks prior to each Leadership for a Democratic Society session. The Institute does not refund charges if agencies cancel attendance or fail to fill purchased slots. Your training staff can work with Terry Stotts (434-980-6232, terry.stotts2@opm.gov) to explore options. FEI cannot refund your tuition for an interagency course if  you cancel within two weeks of the course start date. Your agency is responsible for sending a qualified substitute in your place. Please notify the Customer Service Office (304.870.8008,register@opm.gov) of any issues regarding attendance as early as possible.
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  • The tuition for your course covers all meals and lodging so the per diem is $5/day for incidentals, depending upon your agency.
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  •   If you have questions regarding a position to which you are applying or to find out the status of your application, please speak to the point-of-contact listed for each job opportunity announcement  (JOA).  The contact information can be found at the lower portion of the JOA and also on the floating menu located on the right hand side.  If the JOA has closed and no longer appears on the USAJOBS® website, you can contact the human resources office of the hiring agency for additional information and assistance. If you are looking for a way to contact the agency headquarters, please visit http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml.
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  • The Front Desk phone number for the Red Lion Hotel Denver SE is 303- 695-1700. Their fax number is 303-745-7154. The WMDC Hotel Liaison is Kelly Krall. Her direct line is 303-306-3367, and her email is Kelly.Krall@redlion.com.
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  • You do not need a rental car to participate in any FEI program activity. There is a shopping center with a wide range of stores and other services (post office, dry clearning, bank, drug store, etc.) within walking distance of the FEI campus.
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  • Shepherdstown is approximately 85 miles from downtown Washington DC. A map will help you get to Shepherdstown.
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  • Normally there are no formal sessions in the evenings or weekends. However, participants should be prepared to meet with their presentation teams/consulting groups during evening hours. Denver and the Front Range have much to offer in the way of entertainment. Many participants get together for sightseeing, movies, shopping, skiing, or hiking. There is a fitness center located in the hotel. The hotel bell stand has details and additional information.  Information about the Mile Hi City will help you with your plans.
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  • The first weekend of each LDS program is a "working weekend" requiring attendance on Saturday and Sunday.    There are no program activities scheduled during the second and third weekend of the seven standard LDS programs offered each year. Program activities end at noon Friday and resume Monday for these sessions.
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