OPM to Kick Off Minority Recruitment Program for Senior Executive Service

Stephen Barr, Washington Post, Nov. 2

Starting Nov. 15, the Office of Personnel Management will begin accepting applications for a special government-wide recruitment program designed to broaden opportunities for minorities, women and people with disabilities to become federal executives.

The Senior Executive Service Federal Candidate Development Program, or Fed CDP, will prepare people for leadership jobs in government through rotational assignments, mentoring and performance assessments, OPM said.

The program has been in the works since April 2003, when OPM Director Kay Coles James announced that she would take steps to improve diversity in the Senior Executive Service, the government’s corps of senior managers and technical experts who oversee day-to-day operations at many agencies.

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