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PMC Interagency Rotation Program

NASA Participates in President’s Management Council (PMC) Interagency Rotation Program

Developing future leaders is an important aspect of agency management.

NASA is pleased to participate in the President’s Management Council (PMC) Interagency Rotation Program. This program matches high-potential GS 13-15s with six-month interagency rotational assignments that enable emerging Federal leaders to expand their management skills, broaden their organizational experience, and foster networks they can leverage in the future. At this time, the Headquarters Human Resources Management Division (HRMD) is accepting applications from Headquarters civil servants interested in participating in the PMC Interagency Rotation Program. The deadline for submitting applications is December 10, 2013. Also, any NASA Headquarters Official-in-Charge interested in hosting a PMC Interagency Rotation Program participant to fill a job rotation in their organization is encouraged to get involved. Details are provided below.

Key Information and Deadlines
  • Applications from NASA HQ civil servants interested in participating in the PMC Interagency Rotation Program are due by Tuesday, December 10, 2013.   This involves a 6-month rotation in another agency.  Candidates must complete the Employee Statement of Interest Nomination Form. Also see Attachment C for further details.

    • Employee Statement of Interest applications should be submitted to Kim Haney-Brown (NASA HQ, Office #4D24) by Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  For additional information or questions related to application submission, please email Kim at kim.r.haney-brown@nasa.gov or call (202) 358-0433. The nomination call letter was issued to the workforce on November 21, 2013
  • An Information Briefing Session regarding program details and the application process will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST.  You can access this virtual Adobe Connect session at the following link and teleconference line: 

https://connect.arc.nasa.gov/pmc
Phone: 866-793-0749 -- Passcode: 1365488#

  • A key to the program’s success is not only for NASA civil servants to engage in rotational assignments in another agency but also for NASA supervisors to provide meaningful developmental assignments to program participants from other agencies.  NASA HQ Officials-in-Charge interested in providing a meaningful job assignment to a PMC Interagency Rotation Program participant are encouraged to get involved.  To host an emerging leader from the PMC Interagency Rotation Program, complete the Rotation Description Form, which outlines goals and expectations for a potential assignment.  Your organization’s Rotation Assignment Description is due by Wednesday, January 8, 2014. 
    • Rotation Assignment Descriptions should be submitted to Kim Haney-Brown (NASA HQ, Office #4D24) by Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  For additional information or questions related to package submission, please email Kim at kim.r.haney-brown@nasa.gov or call (202) 358-0433.

Program Objectives
The PMC Interagency Rotation Program enables emerging Federal leaders to expand their management skills, broaden their organizational experience, and foster networks they can leverage in the future. Specifically, the program aims to:

  • Expand “joint duty” experience through meaningful 6-month interagency rotations for high-potential GS 13-15s, either within or outside their current area of expertise.
  • Cultivate a diverse rising generation of executive talent with broad organizational exposure.
  • Conduct related cohort programming to offer wide-ranging opportunities to learn about other agencies and foster networks across the Federal Government.
  • Develop a collaborative, cross-agency effort to reduce barriers to interagency mobility.

Program Components
In addition to the 6-month job assignment, the program includes NASA-specific activities for Agency participants, such as professional coaching, shadowing NASA senior leaders, leadership assessment tools, and other items that will help participants build a strong NASA cohort.   Additional program components include the following:

  • Based in Washington, DC, to minimize logistical and financial constraints.
  • Six-month developmental assignments (April-September / October-March) at the participant’s current grade level.
  • Monthly cohort meetings that provide learning and networking opportunities.
  • Agencies select participants and identify rotation assignments, with input from participants and host supervisors, project team matches candidates to assignments.

Program Requirements
NASA requirements for program participation include:

    • GS 13-15 HQ civil servant (career, career-conditional, or equivalent);
    • Full-time agency employee for at least 18 months;
    • Currently work in the DC metro area;
    • Performance rating of “exceeds expectations” or higher;
    • Demonstrated commitment to leadership development with participation in Agency or other leadership development course within the last 3 years
    • Availability for a 6-month interagency assignment that begins in April 2014 or October 2014;
    • Concurrence of immediate supervisor and Official-in-Charge.

Participating Organizations:

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Energy
  • General Services Administration
  • Homeland Security
  • Interior
  • Justice
  • Labor
  • NASA

Tuition:  N/A

 

  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Transportation
  • Treasury
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council
  • Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council
  • Performance Improvement Council (PIC)
  • President’s Management Advisory Board (PMAB)

Location: Various agencies in Washington, DC area 

NASA Employee Application Process
If you are interested in applying for the PMC Interagency Rotation Program, please use the following application process:

Step 1: Meet with your supervisor to discuss your career objectives and the benefits of participating in the PMC Interagency Rotation Program.  Discuss how this program will benefit the applicant as well as the NASA organization in which the applicant is employed.

Step 2:  Create an individual development plan (IDP) to ensure that your career goals are aligned with the needs of NASA and the goals/objectives of the PMC Interagency Rotation Program.  NASA HQ career counseling is available to assist with the IDP process.

Step 3: Complete the Employee Statement of Interest Nomination Form. Also see Attachment C for further details.

Step 4: Forward the completed Employee Statement of Interest Nomination Form through your Office for approval.

Step 5: Submit your application package to Terri Mitchell in the Human Resources Management Division, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Suite 4E75, Washington, DC 20546. Or, you may send a pdf version of your nomination directly to Kim Haney-Brown (kim.r.haney-brown@nasa.gov) in the Human Resources Management. All employee nominations are due December 10, 2013.

The Human Resources Management Division will notify the workforce of final candidates accepted into the PMC Interagency Rotation Program.  Selected participants will be subsequently matched with a rotation assignment and oriented to the PMC Interagency Rotation Program.

Point of Contact:
For general questions about the program or application process, contact the program manager, Kim Haney-Brown at kim.r.haney-brown@nasa.gov or call (202) 358-0433.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)


GENERAL INFORMATION

Q.  What is the background of the PMC Interagency Rotation Program?
The PMC, comprised of the deputy secretaries of cabinet and other key agencies, sponsors this inter-agency rotational assignment program for high potential GS 13-15 employees.  NASA has participated since the inception of the program, and is now looking at opportunities for the sixth cohort, which is scheduled to begin in April 2014. 

The intent of the program is to provide a “joint duty” experience for those who may be future SES candidates to cultivate a diverse rising generation of SES talent with broad organizational experience.  Each of the participating agencies (18 agencies or cross government councils) will competitively select at least three high potential GS 13-15 employees to take part in a rotational assignment at another participating agency.  Each agency has also offered to host several six-month development assignments in the Washington, D.C. area to which participants would be matched.

NASA participants from previous cohorts have characterized the rotational experience as helping them to close skill gaps and gain new competencies; develop a more strategic view; and, become more change oriented.  NASA organizations who hosted participants from other Federal agencies found candidates who were highly motivated, self-starters, and able to provide a fresh perspective of organizational processes.  All of the organizations indicated their willingness to host a participant again.

This is a great opportunity to give a high potential employee a meaningful opportunity to expand his or her horizons while at the same time providing a valuable resource for your office to perhaps complete a key project or assignment that you do not currently have the resources to undertake.

Q. What is the purpose of the Interagency Rotation Program?
The PMC Interagency Rotation Program enables emerging Federal leaders to expand their management skills, broaden their organizational experience, and foster networks they can leverage in the future. Specifically, the program aims to:

  • Expand “joint duty” experience through meaningful 6-month interagency rotations for high-potential GS 13-15s, either within or outside their current area of expertise.
  • Cultivate a diverse rising generation of executive talent with broad organizational exposure.
  • Conduct related cohort programming to offer wide-ranging opportunities to learn about other agencies and foster networks across the Federal Government.
  • Develop a collaborative, cross-agency effort to reduce barriers to interagency mobility.

Q. Who are the targeted participants for the program?
The target population consists of high-potential GS 13-15 employees in the DC metro area who would benefit from a challenging assignment outside of their home agency.

Q. Which agencies participate in the program?
Across cohorts, the following agencies have participated: Agriculture, Education, Energy, General Services Administration, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, NASA, Office of Personnel Management, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. Additionally, other cross-government organizations have offered assignments: the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council, the Performance Improvement Council (PIC), the President’s Management Advisory Board (PMAB), and the National Security Professional Development Program (NSPD).

Q. Will participants be promoted as a result of or at the completion of this rotation?
Participation in the PMC Interagency Rotation Program is for developmental and training purposes and, as with any other developmental opportunity, does not in any way obligate management to provide a promotion for the individual.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT ROTATIONS

Q.  How long is the rotation?
The rotations are six months in length, with two start dates each year – the beginning of April and the beginning of October. Assignments should not be shortened or extended.

Q.  What will happen to my current position while I am on rotation?
Your home supervisor has been advised to transition your work while you are on the rotation. Many are using it as an opportunity for another employee to cross-train and experience new challenges.

Q. What are the roles and responsibilities for participants and supervisors?

  • You are responsible to learn and grow from this experience while completing the work outlined by your host supervisor and representing your home agency. The expectation is that you will participate in all cohort activities, maintain your relationship with your home organization, and ensure that your annual performance plan includes rotation goals.
  • Your home supervisor will make arrangements to transition your work during the rotational assignment, be available to you if needed, proactively seek performance input from the host supervisor, and be clear with you about how your performance will be evaluated. Also, home offices will continue to be responsible for the participant’s time and attendance, paying salary, and performance reviews.
  • Your host supervisor will ensure a meaningful onboarding experience and work assignment(s). They will provide your work space, computer, phone, building access, travel/training expenses required to achieve assignment objectives, meeting availability, etc. Regularly, they should discuss your work products and deliverables as well as give feedback and coaching. Finally, they are responsible for providing performance feedback to you and your home supervisor upon completion of the rotation.

 

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Q.  Who will conduct my performance review?
Performance reviews will be conducted by your home supervisor of record. You should work with your host supervisor to outline the goals of your six-month rotation and discuss those with your home supervisor at the beginning of the rotation. Additionally, you and your home supervisor should reflect these goals in your performance plan as necessary. The host supervisor will provide feedback to you at the end of the rotation as well as provide it to your home supervisor of record.

Q.  How will the rotation be reflected in my year-end performance review?
The host supervisor will provide a written performance evaluation at the end of the rotation and will provide feedback to the supervisor of record for consideration in annual performance discussions.

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS

Q.  Who will handle processing my timesheet? Who will approve my leave?
You will be responsible for reporting time to your home agency, including any leave taken, and your home agency will be responsible for approving the leave and processing your timesheet. Of course, you should discuss any leave plans with your host supervisor to ensure they are aware of your plans as well.

Q.  How will I get paid?
You will continue to be paid in the same manner in which you are currently paid.

Q.  How will travel or training costs be handled?
Any travel or training costs related to the rotational assignment will be paid for by the host agency, with the exception of agencies that are supporting staff participation from outside of the Washington DC area.  Travel or training costs related to current commitments with your home agency will be paid for by them.

Q.  How will the rotation be reflected in my official personnel records?
There will be no official personnel actions processed to indicate any change in your current work status.

 

 
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