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PMF 2012: Application Begins Today

Yes, it's that time again. The Presidential Management Fellows application process is officially open for the 2012 application year. Here's a very quick rundown of how to determine if you are eligible and what to expect. At the end of this article are the other great resources available on the web. I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the application process, assuming I know the answers, but otherwise, just let us all know whether you are going to apply or… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on September 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

PMF 2012: Tentative Calendar

It's almost that time of year again, folks. A couple of days ago, the PMF Program Office announced its anticipated application schedule for the 2012 cycle. Under current regulation, students must be completing a graduate degree between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012, to be eligible to apply. (This means, of course, that we won't see the effects of the recent changes they've proposed until at least the… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on August 25, 2011 at 3:26pm — 3 Comments

Summer Update: PMF Program Changes Afoot

This is the slow season in the life of a blog like this, but occasionally things do happen that are worth noting. Before getting to the big stuff, though, I figure it's worth providing a quick update.

First, I should point out that there are 327 listed PMF hires to date. I have no idea how that compares to previous years, unfortunately, but considering the historical placement rates have fallen between 40 and 60 percent of finalists, we can expect something like 340 to 510 to be…


Added by PMF Fellow on August 5, 2011 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments

2011 PMF Survey: How did you do?

If you are a 2011 PMF finalist, please take the time to fill out this survey. I am collecting this information to get an idea of how effective the job fair was, and some information about the placement rates and geographic distribution of finalist appointments. If your information changes, go ahead and submit a new form. I will perform all the data cleanup this time next year or thereabout, once you all have had a chance to secure an appointment. Pass this link around to all of the 2011 PMFs…


Added by PMF Fellow on April 21, 2011 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Misc: PMF Job Fair Guide, Happy Hour, and Collaboration Call

Since I didn't want to post three new (short) posts in succession, I figured I would lump these together. Anyway most of you are probably either in DC already or in various stages of arrival, so I want to keep this brief and to the point.

First, of course, there is the job fair. A number of folks here at GovLoop have been kind and diligent enough to put together a pretty comprehensive guide to the PMF job fair. If you need some airplane reading, why not check it out? I haven't gone… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on April 18, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

PMF Data 2009-2011

[Update 2/12/2011: By popular request, I have also formatted this for CSV/Excel:  The format is slightly different and includes is_vet, which is a field denoting whether the finalist is/was a veteran.]


Here is another quick update to let you know that I have made available all of the finalists data from 2009-2011, in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)…


Added by PMF Fellow on April 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

The Furlough and the PMF Job Fair

A number of you have been speculating about what would happen if Congress and the President cannot work out an agreeable budget for the rest of the fiscal year and annual appropriations lapse. Specifically, you have been wondering about the status of this year's PMF job fair. Today, OPM has released some information that you may find interesting, although it doubtless will not set your mind at ease.

Most of OPM operates on funds that are not annually appropriated by Congress, so in… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on April 7, 2011 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

2011 PMF Data Visualization: Semifinalists vs Finalists

[Also posted here]

I spent a good deal of time gathering and sifting through the lists of 2011 semifinalists and finalists, cleaning up school names and gathering latitude and longitude information for each of the schools I saw represented in the data sets. At present, I have not had a chance to do the same for the nominees list, because it is so much larger than the other two sets of… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on April 2, 2011 at 9:26pm — 4 Comments

2011 PMF Job Fair: To Go or Not to Go. Plus Planning Tips

[Also posted here]

Now that the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows finalist list is out, the 850 of you who made it will be wondering whether or not to attend the upcoming PMF job fair, currently scheduled for April 19-21 (the venue is still undecided, but in the past it's been hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center).

So, should you attend or not? I… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on April 1, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

2011 PMF Finalists Update

[Also posted here]


[Update 1: There were 850 finalists this year. Last year there were 869.]


[Update 2: The list is now posted at, so if you haven't gotten your email yet, go check the list out.]


The finalists…


Added by PMF Fellow on March 31, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

2011 PMF Finalists: Open Thread

[Also posted here

I've been waiting to post this until the PMF Program Office offered up any news. The 2011 PMF finalist list is due out sometime in late March, according to the latest news on the PMF web site. While this is still vague, it's nevertheless right around the corner. Historically, the PMF Program Office has provided roughly a 2 week news lead on the results, so my… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on March 16, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments

Calling for PMF Experiences

[Also posted here]


A number of current PMFs are working with GovLoop to put together a guide to the PMF Program, including what it's like to BE a PMF. While the audience on this blog to date has been applicants working their way through the PMF process, the fact is that many of you will become finalists and eventually successful PMFs. We would like to collect vignettes…


Added by PMF Fellow on March 10, 2011 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

PMF 2011 In-Person Assessment: Debrief

[Also posted here]


The final make-up assessments were (presumably) completed on Friday, February 25, 2011.

This is a new thread where you can discuss your experience with the in person assessment this year. What did you think? How do you think you did? How do you think your fellow semifinalists did? What percentage of no-shows did you see? 

We should…


Added by PMF Fellow on February 28, 2011 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

2011 PMF In-Person Assessment: Locations

[Also posted here]

In-person assessments for the 2011 PMFs begin on Tuesday, January 18 and run through Friday, February 18 at four locations throughout the U.S. According to the PMF Program Office, all notifications have gone out, so all 1530 of you should be scheduled for an assessment date and location (assuming you went ahead with it). The next step is getting to… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on January 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2011 PMF In-Person Assessment: Open Thread

[Also posted here]


Now that the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows semifinalists have been chosen and the PMF Program Office has …


Added by PMF Fellow on December 22, 2010 at 8:49am — 2 Comments

2011 PMF Semifinalists

Word is that some of the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows nominees have begun receiving notifications of results indicating they made it to the semifinalist round.  At the time of this posting, the list has not been provided, but given the volume of notices (both positive and negative), the notifications could take a while.  Stay tuned.


Update 3:50 PM GMT via the PMF Program Office's Facebook…


Added by PMF Fellow on December 20, 2010 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

What Do You Think of New Site

[Cross-posted to the PMF Info blog here.  Yes, yesterday.]


After months of waiting, the new PMF website ( site has been released. Thematically, it's an improvement over the old site, but I haven't yet had a chance to dig into it to see if the information is better organized. 

What do you all think of it? Can you find things…


Added by PMF Fellow on December 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

2011 PMF Semi-Finalists and In-Person Assessment: Open Thread

[Cross-posted to PMF Info blog here]


No, the semi-finalist list is not out (to my knowledge). Once it does come out, I'm sure most of you will know before I do. (Nor, as an aside, has the PMF site finally cleared what I assume is legal review for publishing). This post can serve as an open thread for anyone who wants to share the good or bad news, once it…


Added by PMF Fellow on December 17, 2010 at 11:11am — 3 Comments

PMF Nominations

[Crossposted to PMF Info blog here]

The list of 2011 PMF nominations came out a couple of days ago. I've been too busy to do more than glance over the list, but figured I would point out the stats from the top. Of the over 9100 applicants, 7482 were nominated by their schools.

Next week, from what I hear, nominees will begin taking the online assessments. I am interested in…

Added by PMF Fellow on November 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

2011 PMF Assessment Preparation: Open Thread

The PMF application period for 2011 is closed, although schools still have until October 31 to send in nomination forms. As of 10/22/2010, over 9100 applications had been received (not all of these will turn into nominations). That's a 4.5% increase over last year's figures (8700).

Now that the application period has closed, it's open season for assessment preparation. I am intending that this article be used to gather materials and resources to help people prepare for the… Continue

Added by PMF Fellow on October 22, 2010 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

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