Participating Federal Agency
Each participating Federal agency plays a critical role in the
orientation of PMFs to the Federal Government, the achievement of
their career goals, and their retention in the Federal service.
Federal agencies interested in participating in the Pathways
Programs (5 CFR 362), including the PMF Program, must enter into a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Office of Personnel
Agencies excepted from the competitive service may participate
in the PMF Program under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with OPM
and use their own appointment authorities, but must follow the PMF
Program's Agency Roles and Responsibilities listed throughout this
website, or their equivalent.
A copy of the Pathways Programs regulations, along with other
agency resources, can be found under the Agencies\Resources webpage. For a current
list of participating Federal agencies and their designated Agency
PMF Coordinators, please follow the instructions under the Agencies\List of Coordinators
Participating agencies agree to:
- Designate a Pathways Programs Officer (PPO) at the agency's
headquarters level who is responsible for administering the
agency's Pathways Programs (including the PMF Program).
- Designate an Agency PMF Coordinator who assists the agency's
Pathways Programs Officer in the overall administration and
development of the agency program and who serves as the principal
contact point between their agency, their PMFs, and for the
- Work with the Pathways Programs Officer, Agency PMF
Coordinator, human resources staff, and hiring officials to plan
program budgets and to project the number of PMF hires in the
agency (e.g., workforce and succession planning).
- Submit to the PMF Program Office the reimbursement fee for
costs associated with the recruitment, assessment, selection, and
placement of Finalists into PMF appointments; PMF Program Office
operations and support to stakeholders; various training and
developmental opportunities for stakeholders; and, the PMF website
and automated systems. Reimbursement is due within 30 days after a
Finalist has accepted a PMF appointment offer. See the financial
instructions and forms under the Resources page.
- Conduct an agency onboarding (orientation) on mission and
structure as early as possible for all newly hired Fellows.
- Complete a Pathways PMF Program Participant Agreement between
the Fellow, Supervisor, and Human Resources.
- Assign the Fellow a Mentor.
- Establish policies and criteria for the promotion of Fellows
during their PMF fellowships.
- Certify the Fellow's completion of the Program by the agency's
Executive Resources Board (ERB). In agencies without an ERB, the
responsibility falls to the senior agency officials who have been
given executive resource management and oversight responsibility by
the agency head.
- May noncompetitively convert Fellows who successfully
complete the Program into a full-time, permanent position or term
To inquire if your agency has a valid Pathways MOU with OPM,
please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.