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40 years – that’s how long the Presidential Management Fellows Program has given entry-level professionals the opportunity to be a part of a meaningful public service opportunity. The PMF program allows highly-skilled graduate students to be matched with Federal agencies to develop a cadre of potential Government leaders. PMFs are appointed to a temporary, two-year Federal positions, where they build on their existing skills while engaging in leadership development programs that can include classroom, cohort, and rotational experiences. These Fellowship may lead to a permanent career appointment at a Federal agency.

These men and women make a difference for our country They identify problems, develop strategies, and implement solutions to help build a better America. They bring fresh, new ideas and a willingness to take on challenges never dreamed possible. It is wonderful to see them in action.

That is why I am excited to announce this year’s PMF finalists. The Class of 2019 is a strong and diverse one. This year, there were 4,045 applicants. There are now 351 impressive finalists, all of whom should be extremely proud. They come from 113 separate academic institutions, representing 56 disciplines, and 12% are veterans. These individuals signify the potential of our people and our Government. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish.

Looking at this list of Americans gives me confidence that the program will continue to benefit the country for years to come. It reminds me of why I decided to answer the call to serve in Government: To make a difference for the American people.

Not everybody can be President, but many can be presidential. Being a PMF means impacting the world. As Acting Director of OPM, it is a great honor to be a part of this process.

To find out more about the PMF Program, please check out the program’s website at

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