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Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has notified hundreds of organizations representing middle managers, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and others that applications for the government's Senior Executive Service Federal Candidate Development Program are being accepted starting November 15.
The Senior Executive Service Federal Candidate Development Program (Fed CDP) is a comprehensive program that prepares individuals for top leadership posts through exposure to competitive programs that include rotational assignments within the Executive Branch, formal training, mentoring and performance assessments.
"I am excited about the impact this program will make in preparing our next generation of leaders, and I am deeply appreciative of the support of Congressman Danny Davis," said OPM Director Kay Coles James "Today, as never before, federal agencies must be ready with succession plans and have people in line who can step in and assume the awesome task of managing and directing major government operations. The Fed CDP will work to carry on the great tradition of the Senior Executive Service, while increasing access for a wider diversity of candidates."
Said U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Civil Service and Agency Organization: "I support the goals of the Candidate Development Program to identify and develop individuals with great potential for the senior leadership cadre which reflects the rich diversity of America."
Earlier this year, James met with representatives of employee organizations, Hispanic Association Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Veterans Service Organizations and others for a briefing on the Fed CDP. During these meetings, James stressed the value of the program to men and women who plan ambitious careers in federal public service.
"My work with these organizations has been personally rewardingand matched only by my professional satisfaction knowing that many of their members and constituents are logical successors to the rich talent pool that comprises today's Senior Executive Service," said James.
During her meetings with stakeholders and in testimony before Congress, James stressed that OPM's recruitment for the Fed CDP would be "consistent with the merit principles" and would further the ideals of government and the Senior Executive Service to include people "from all segments of our society."
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is the federal government's top cadre of managers. Its members manage many of the federal government's most important programs in national security and defense; science and technology; agriculture; the environment; and, information technology.
Further information about the Senior Executive Service Federal Candidate Development Program can be obtained at www.opm.gov/ses/fedcdp.
OPM has contacted the following organizations about the acceptance of applications for the Fed CDP:
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