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Excellence in Government Fellows

Overview:  The Excellence in Government Fellows program brings public, private, and nonprofit-sector leaders together to focus on key leadership and management principles, including the government’s Executive Core Qualifications.  This yearlong program meets the interagency training requirements for OPM-approved candidate development programs. Participants receive a combination of innovative coursework, best practices benchmarking, action-learning projects, executive coaching and government-wide networking. Participants in this program are referred to as Fellows.

Eligibility: GS-14 and GS-15 (exceptional GS-13) employees. CHRIS # 001562 Session #0017 

Benchmarks:  Fellows benchmark some of the most successful organizations for a behind-the-scenes look at strategies for delivering results.

Results Projects:  Fellows reinforce lessons taught in the classroom by working with agency executives to tackle complex issues confronting our country.  For example, past Fellows have developed strategies for streamlining drug approvals, strengthening collaboration during food recalls and improving recruitment practices for mission-critical occupations.  Fellows will be assigned to a project either by their agency or have the opportunity to select a project of interest.

Coaching and Mentoring:  Fellows receive targeted support from experts and experienced government leaders.  They also have access to the Partnership’s extensive network of public, private, and nonprofit-sector leaders.

Networking:  Fellows interact with a community of leaders who support continued learning through networking, online forums, and other ongoing professional development opportunities.

Cost:  Tuition for the Excellence in Government Fellows program is $9,900 and includes:
      • All coaching and facilitation;
      • Course materials (e.g., books, articles and management tools);
      • Assessments, one-on-one coaching and individualized development planning;
      • Online collaboration tools; and,
      • Invitations to ongoing activities (e.g., forums, workshops, continuing education programs, etc.).

NOTE:  Sponsoring organizations in headquarters are responsible for tuition cost and all travel expenses associated with events held outside of the greater Washington D.C. area. The estimated cost for these trips is $900.00 per Fellow.  Sponsoring field organizations are responsible for tuition cost and all travel expenses to Washington, DC, as well as events held outside of the Washington, DC area.  The estimated travel cost for field office participants is approximately $4000.00 per Fellow.

Program Location Cycle:  Fellows remain in their job while participating in the program.  During the yearlong program, particpants will meet every six weeks, spending a total of approximately 20 days in session. Fellows will also devote up to five hours per week to their projects.  Moreover, participants are expected to attend all seven class sessions. While exceptions are made for family and work-related emergencies, applicants and sponsors should review the class schedule below to confirm the participant’s availability before applying for the program.

Kick Off: Values, Vision and Mission, October 20–23, 2014, Williamsburg, VA
• Driving Results, December 2–4 or December 9–11, 2014, Washington, DC
• Leading People, February 2–5 or February 9–12, 2015, Washington, DC
• Leading Change, March 16–19 or March 23–26, 2015, Washington, DC
• Building Partnerships, April 21–23 or April 28–30, 2015, Washington, DC
• Business Acumen, June 16–18 or June 23–25, 2015, Washington, DC
• Graduation: Synthesis and Celebration, August 11–13, 2015, Washington, DC

Application Procedure:

All applicants are required to complete an online application that includes:
• Background information
• Current resume twp pages
• Supervisor recommendation
• One page essay on benefits of attending program

Please email a copy of the completed application package to the DOE program manager via email to Johnny Mcchriston. Alternately, you may contact Mr. McChriston by calling 301-903-9862 to respond to any concerns or questions.Applications for the fall session 2014 must be received no later than close of business September 16, 2014.