What is the PMF STEM
In 2012, President Obama directed Federal agencies to close the
skills gap for mission critical occupations, including science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Beginning with the PMF Class of 2014, the PMF Program piloted a
STEM track to address this skills gap. The PMF STEM track helped
identify and train future STEM leaders for the Federal Government.
This pilot continued into the PMF Class of 2015 and 2016.
The PMF Program Office solicited workforce planning estimates
from participating Federal agencies in identifying STEM-eligible
disciplines and adjusted its recruitment efforts annually. A total
of 53 STEM-eligible disciplines have been identified throughout the
3-year period (e.g., Agricultural Science, Civil Engineering,
Ecology, Veterinary Medicine). Those applicants with STEM-eligible
degrees were asked if they were applying for the traditional PMF
Program or the PMF STEM Track Pilot. Those who applied for the
pilot and selected as STEM Finalists were only eligible for PMF
STEM positions. STEM positions were determined by Federal agencies
recruiting for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.
PMF STEM Track Pilot Retirement
The PMF Program Office decided to retire the PMF STEM Track
Pilot beginning with the selection and announcement of Finalists
for the PMF Class of 2017. However, STEM disciplines, now known as
STEAM disciplines to include "Arts", will continue to be a central
part of recruitment efforts and considered priority hires for some
agencies. This enables Finalists having STEM-eligible degrees to
obtain any PMF appointment (STEM or non-STEM).
The current PMF Class of 2016 Finalists, including STEM
Finalists, have until 02-24-2017 to accept and start a PMF
appointment. Class of 2016 STEM Finalists continue to only be
eligible for those PMF positions designated by participating
Federal agencies as PMF STEM. Non-STEM 2016 Finalists are not
eligible for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.
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