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Federal Executive Institute

  • There is no specific dress code. FEI recommends "business casual" attire during class sessions and while interacting with colleagues.  Exceptions include Leadership for a Democratic Society program graduations and some off-campus site visits, which require business dress (e.g.: suit and tie for men) and fitness activities, which require appropriate athletic attire.
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  • FEI courses are designed for US Government Senior Executive Service members and GS-15 executives, their equivalents in other pay systems, and senior state, local, or international government leaders. Custom activities sometimes include participants and team members at other grade levels.
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  • For programs delivered at FEI in Charlottesville (including Leadership for a Democratic Society sessions), tuition includes all educational services, materials, meals and lodging. Meal service includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and break service (coffee, tea, juice, fruit and morning and afternoon snacks). All educational services and materials are included in the tuition for programs delivered away from the FEI campus.  Inclusion of lodging and some meals varies. Please individual program descriptions for details.
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  • Leadership for a Democratic Society participants stay in guest rooms on campus. FEI provides accommodations at nearby hotels for some participants attending interagency course and custom programs.
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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • There are several ways: 1.Car: The driving distance from Washington, DC to FEI is 110 miles (2.5 hours). Click here for directions:  Driving 2. Train: Amtrak has three routes, Crescent, Cardinal and Northeast Corridor. Click here for information: Amtrak 3. Plane: There are three airports, Dulles, Charlottesville and Richmond Dulles International Airport (IAD), Chantilly, Virginia Driving distance from IAD to FEI: 99 miles (2 hours, 15 minutes) Click here to go to the airport website:  Dulles Charlottesville Albemarie Airport (CHO), Charlottesville, Virginia Driving distance from CHO to FEI: 8 miles (17 minutes) Click here to go to the airport website: Charlottesville Richmond International Airport (RIC), Richmond, Virginia Driving distance from RIC to FEI: 80 miles (1 hour, 25 minutes) Click here to go to the airport website: Richmond
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  • FEI emails a weekly schedule to participants in the Leadership for a Democratic Society program approximately six weeks before the program start date (or as soon as the agency provides the name and address of a participant whose registration is delayed). For interagency courses, FEI emails a schedule to participants three weeks before the program start date.
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  • Please let us know of any special needs or accommodations. We will work with you to make the needed arrangements.  
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