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News Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Contact: Brendan LaCivita
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Announces 4,704 Applications Received for Consideration in the Senior Executive Service Federal Candidate Development Program

"Through OPM's aggressive outreach and educational and recruiting efforts with minority institutions, I expect that this will be an important tool in bringing diversity to the federal Senior Executive Service," stated Representative Danny K. Davis.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kay Coles James today announced that 4,704 applications had been received for consideration in OPM's Senior Executive Service (SES) Federal Candidate Development Program (FED CDP) executive preparatory program. The FED CDP was created to train a future generation of the SES - the federal government's top cadre of senior executives - and to meet the challenges of the civil service that lie ahead.

"Nearly 60 percent of the current career Senior Executive Service corps will be eligible to retire within the next five years," James stated. "It also is predicted that 20 percent of these employees will leave within the next three years. Though prospective, these figures represent the loss of a sizable portion of the government's senior leadership cadre. The time is now to develop a high-quality, skilled, and diverse candidate pool in order to avoid critical leadership gaps that can adversely impact agency operations."

"Through OPM's aggressive outreach and educational and recruiting efforts with minority institutions, I expect that this will be an important tool in bringing diversity to the federal Senior Executive Service," stated Representative Danny K. Davis.

The FED CDP is a partnership between OPM and participating agencies. It offers a 14-month immersion program that involves participants in educational forums and gives them unrivaled field experiences, including residential executive training and working sessions with White House and cabinet officials. This program is state-of-the-art in every respect, with a unique governmentwide orientation that makes it ideally suited for developing leaders in those professions and disciplines that cross agency boundaries, such as information technology, budget, financial management, human capital management, procurement, and program management.

"NAHFE is very appreciative of Ms. James' proactive initiative in implementing the OPM SES FED CDP," said Manuel Oliverez, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives. "With outreach and aggressive recruiting, the program will contribute to an SES that is increasingly diverse." Mr. Oliverez also added that NAHFE has encouraged its membership to take advantage of the opportunity by applying for consideration.

Prior to the application acceptance period's closing on December 8, nearly 2,300 federal employees and other applicants used two OPM-administered websites to request e-mail updates to register their interest in the executive preparatory program. In addition to the online application, the FED CDP homepage provided links to an overview and duties of the program, as well as information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Initial application screening will consist of electronic questionnaires, both leadership and technical, and OPM convened interagency assessment panels -- panel members are senior expert representatives from participating agencies.  Agencies also will conduct interviews to identify highly qualified candidates, and applicants found to be the best qualified will be asked to participate in a leadership assessment activity. Assessment results from the application, interview, and leadership assessment will be used to make final selections into the program.

OPM sent information to the following organizations in an effort to diversify the FED CDP candidate pool, and to make the organizations' members aware of the new program and the potential opportunities available.

       American Association of People with Disabilities

       National Organization on Disability

       National Council on Disability

       Interagency Subcommittee on Disability Statistics

       National Council on Independent Living

       National Federation of the Blind

       Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government

       National Association of the Deaf

       The Heritage Foundation

       Self Help for Hard of Hearing People

       Veterans of Foreign Wars

       Blinded Veterans Association

       Disabled American Veterans


       Vietnam Veterans of America

       Non Commissioned Officers Association

       Paralyzed Veterans of America

       Blinded American Veterans Foundation

       Military Order of the Purple Heart

       Jewish War Veterans

       American Legion

       National Veterans Legal Service

       Catholic War Veterans

       Reserve Officer Association

       American GI Forum

       Retired Enlisted Association

       Fleet Reserve Association

       Military Officers Association

       Association for Service Disabled Veterans

       Reason Foundation

       Brookings Institution

       RAND Institute

       Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

       National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

       National Association of Asian American Professionals

       Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

       American Indian Higher Education Association

       National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

       National Association of Colleges and Employers

       National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration

       Federally Employed Women

       Executive Women in Government

       National Association of Women Judges

       Small Agency Council

       National Bar Association

       American Society for Training and Development

       American Society for Public Administrators

       League of United Latin American Citizens

       National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives

       Aspira Association, Inc.

       Hispanic National Bar Association

       Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

       Association of Latinos in Finance and Accounting

       Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

       National Society of Hispanic MBAs

       Coalition for Fairness for Hispanics in Government

       Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

       National Hispanic Medical Association

       Mana-A National Latina Organization

       SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc.

       Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

       U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

       National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives

       National Hispanic Corporate Council

       National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

       National Council of La Raza

       National Image, Inc.

       Latino Coalition

       Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute

       Mexican-American Women's National Association

       Hispanic College Fund

       American Enterprise Institute

       Council for Excellence in Government

       Partnership for Public Service

       International Personnel Management Association

       National Academy of Public Administration

       Senior Executives Association

       Blacks in Government

       African American Federal Executives Association

       Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

       National Forum of Black Public Administrators

       National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

       African American Association for Affirmative Action

       American Association for the Advancement of Science

       American Association of Black in Energy

       Association of Black American Ambassadors

       Association of Black Psychologists

       Black Leadership Forum, Inc.

       Black Patriots Foundation

       Black Women's Agenda

       Conference of Minority Transportation Professionals

       Executive Leadership Council and Foundation

       Metropolitan Consortium for Minorities in Engineering

       National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

       National Black Leadership Roundtable

       National Pan-Hellenic Council

       National Forum for Black Public Administrators

       National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and

       Chemical Engineers

       Federal Asian Pacific American Advisory Council

       Asian American Government Executives

       Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

       India Abroad Center for Political Awareness

       Japanese American Citizens League

       Korean American Coalition

       National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium

       National Congress of Vietnamese Americans

       National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, Inc.

      Organization of Chinese Americans

       Asian Pacific American Institute Congressional Studies

       Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute

       Asian American Government Executives Network

       Coalition of Asian Pacific American Federal Employee Organizations

       Society of American Indian Government Employees

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