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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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  • Shepherdstown is approximately 85 miles from downtown Washington DC. A map will help you get to Shepherdstown.
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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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  • For each additional night you elect to stay beyond the term of the seminar you will be charged the per diem rate,  For children who are 12 years old and under, the cost is free. For guests 13-17 years of age, the additional cost is $10 per night. For guest 18 years and older, the cost is $20 per night. Please note on your lodging and transportation sheet any additional nights. For further information please call Angie Kutcher, Clarion Hotel EMDC Liaison, at  304-870-7021.
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  • The Clarion Hotel provides shuttle transportation at a cost between the three area airports and the EMDC.  Service must be scheduled in advance.  Instructions for reserving transportation are provided with seminar pre-course materials. Payment is due at the hotel's front desk upon check out. Pricing is one-way
    • Reagan - $145
    • BWI - $145
    • Dulles - $95.60
    Contact information
    • Clarion Hotel front desk: 304.87.7000
    • EMDC Liaison/Shuttle Coordindator: Annie Kutcher, 304.870.7021 (Monday-Friday 8 am - 430 pm)
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