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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

NEWS: OPM Leadership Training Program Launches Application Cycle for 2020 Class

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has opened applications for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2020. The program, now in its 41st year, provides a pathway to the federal service for more than 10,000 individuals. 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.

Applications for the program will run until Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Noon (Eastern). The application announcement can be found on USAJOBS here. To learn more about the application process, visit the “Become a PMF” section of the PMF website.


Subject Matter Expert Availability:

Arianne Gallagher, PMF Group Program Manager

Please contact for comment


Fast Facts:

-        OPM originally established the PMF program as the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) program, after a Carter Administration Executive Order, in 1977.

  • PMF brought in its first class of Fellows (then called “Interns”) in 1978.

-         The PMF Program is a leadership development program for advanced degree candidates, offering a pathway into the federal government.

-        For the Class of 2019, there were a total of 4,045 applicants.

  • From that group, 351 Finalists were selected, representing 113 academic institutions, and 56 unique academic institutions.
  • A total of 12% of the Finalists were veterans.
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