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Excellence in Government Fellows Program Fall 2012

August, 16, 2012


The deadline for applications for the Fall 2012 program is September 28, 2012. All applicants are required to complete an online application that includes:

Background information

Current resume

Supervisor recommendation

One essay

Who should apply to the Excellence in Government Fellows Program?

Appointments for a New Administration

May, 29, 2012

At the beginning of a new Presidential Administration, the incoming President makes personnel changes, including selecting new Cabinet secretaries and agency heads.  These new appointees may appoint a number of officials on the basis of their support for the President’s goals and policies.  These are the officials who are responsible for formulating, advocating, and directing Administration policies and programs, or are those who serve such officials in a close and confidential relationship.

Leadership lessons from the US Coast Guard

January, 20, 2012

I want to share an article I came across this morning on the website. It’s an interview with Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. In this article, Tom Fox of the Washington Post discusses effective leadership with Admiral Papp. Papp shared some very smart and salient th0ughts for those in the Senior Executive Service, certainly, but also those of us trying to live our lives to the very fullest. Take five minutes and read what Admiral Papp has to say on leadership, innovation, focus, and overcoming challenges. It may give you some good food for thought this weekend.

New Senior Executive Service (SES) Performance Measurements

January, 17, 2012

In 2010, the President’s Management Council started a working group to explore ways to improve SES performance evaluation, and ultimately recommended a new standardized system. In 2011, top Office of Personnel Management (OPM) leadership stated that the challenging financial environment and other issues were placing a strain on the SES workforce.

Consequently, OPM has released a new performance management system for the SES. The new measurements are designed to improve the evaluation process through a standardized framework to not only communicate performance expectations, but also evaluate performance.

Administration unveils new senior executive performance measurements

January, 07, 2012

(Reposted from

The Office of Personnel Management on Friday unveiled a new performance management system for the Senior Executive Service.

Originally slated for completion in September 2011, the new measurements aim to streamline the way top managers in the federal government are evaluated.

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