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  • There are 27 data elements that agencies are required to report.  Section III of the Guide to the Collection and Management of Training Data, lists the required data elements. Additional information about the data elements can be found in Table 3-I of the Guide to Personnel Recordkeeping, (www.opm.gov/feddata/persdoc.asp) and in Chapter 4 and Appendix A of the Guide to Human Resources Reporting, (www.opm.gov/feddata/guidance.asp). For more information on reporting training data, go to pp. 34-37 in the Training Policy Handbook. 
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  • If the agency approves the training, the time spent in training during regular working hours is considered hours of work (5 CFR 551.423).  The employee does not use leave if he or she is in a work status.  For more information on work schedules, go to pp. 30-32 in the Training Policy Handbook.
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  • Agencies should electronically report training data to OPM on a monthly basis. For more information on reporting training data, go to pp. 34-37 in the Training Policy Handbook. 
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  • Generally, applicants for most Federal jobs must be (1) at least 18 years old, or (2) at least 16 years old and: • Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or • Have completed a formal vocational training program; or • Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or • Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program. Some positions, like those in law enforcement have a maximum entry age and the age may vary from agency to agency but generally falls within the range 34 yrs to 37 yrs.  Please review the job opportunity announcement or call the agency directly to find out specific information about the job of interest to you.  What does status candidate means?
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  • 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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  • Searching for job opportunities on USAJOBS® is very easy.  To search for jobs, select “Search Jobs” from the USAJOBS home page or go to http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov At the job search page, you can:   1) Search Jobs by "Location", "Job Category", "Salary range", "Pay Grade", and/or 'Search Keyword'; or 2) Select a more refined search from the specialty search options at the top of the page including "Agency", "Series", "Senior Executive" or "Advanced". If you are looking for a particular position, use the "Keyword Search" box to indicate the specific position or location of interest  Additional tips for keyword searching can be found at:  http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/help/index.asp?ma=keyword_tips.
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