SES Articles and News

Acing The Quality Review Board – SES Candidate’s Story

May, 11, 2012

Quality Review Board – A Big SES Hurdle

qualityreviewboardIt’s one thing to have your Senior Executive Service (SES) resume and application package approved for further review; it’s quite another to get “past” the Quality Review Board (QRB) a panel of experts who declare your application fit for further consideration. Obtaining the approval of the QRB is one of the more daunting tasks that SES candidates face and it’s why many of the successful ones choose to utilize the services of professional SES resume writers. After all, these writers work with the SES packages every day and have insight and experience to craft Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) documents that win over the QRB reviewers. Case in point is this testimonial offered by a successful SES candidate in a letter written to Barbara Adams, CEO of CareerPro Global, Inc., one of only a few companies to provide expert SES assistance and the only ISO 9001:2008 certified career services company known to exist.

Bill aims to make top executive jobs more appealing

April, 05, 2012

A bill has been introduced aimed at balancing the inequity of Senior Executive Service pay, with the hope that earning as much–if not more–as one could at a GS-15 level might entice more long-time federal employees to try out for the SES.

Read the full story here.


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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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