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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Honors 40 Years of Presidential Management Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) commemorates the 40th year of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. As the federal government’s flagship leadership and development program, OPM established PMF to attract outstanding candidates from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths to leadership and management positions and programs in the federal government.

Through an Executive Order under the Carter Administration in 1977, OPM originally established the PMF program as the Presidential Management Intern program. The program brought in its first class of Fellows in 1978. The PMF program has had continued success over the past 40 years.  Federal agencies’ leadership uses the program as a valuable recruitment tool to make a positive impact on the accomplishments of their agencies’ missions and goals.

“The PMF Program is an excellent leadership training ground for women and men who desire to be challenged with federal opportunities to transform them into problem-solving, strategic-thinking future leaders,” said Dr. Jeff T.H. Pon, Director of OPM. “This year we honor the past and present PMF civil servants for their commitment to excellence in their service to the nation, and we look forward to working with the next 40 years of PMF leaders and managers.”

Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows. The 2019 PMF Application period starts on October 9, 2018 and ends October 22, 2018. Learn more by visiting Become a PMF.

About PMF

The PMF Program is a leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates into the federal government. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a narrower focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

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