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SES Candidate Development Program

The Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), a Government-wide program open to all current qualified civil service employees with a least one year of leadership/supervisory experience normally at the GS -14 or GS – 15 grade levels. 

General Information

  • Grades 14 -15 equivalents (1 year time in grade)
  • 18 months Duration

Competencies Addressed

  • Leading People
  • Leading Change
  • Results Driven
  • Business Acumen
  • Building Coalitions


  • Leadership development experiences
  • Personal skills and behavioral assessments
  • Leadership Training
  • Capitol Hill exposure
  • Mentoring
  • Developmental assignments
  • Action Learning Projects

Participant List of Past Classes

Note: Training and materials are billed to the bureaus based on actual participation. Local and long distance travel is not supported by the program and is the responsibility of the home organization. In addition, while supervisory approval to participate in the program is not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss it with their supervisors and keep them informed. This affords a supervisor ample time to plan for the period of time a selected candidate might be out of the office.