Yes. SES Candidate Development Programs are competitive programs designed to develop the executive qualifications of employees with strong executive potential. Participation in an SESCDP is not a prerequisite for obtaining an SES appointment
In order to be eligible for a sabbatical, SES Career appointees must complete seven years of service in SES position(s) or SES equivalent civil service position(s) (grade level above a GS-15 or equivalent), and at least two of the seven years specifically must be in the SES. SES members may not be eligible for voluntary retirement at the time the sabbatical begins. A sabbatical may not be granted to the same individual more than once in a 10-year period.
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