What kind of programs do agencies have to prepare employees to advance to the executive ranks?
Agencies are required to establish development programs to provide for development of candidates for advancement to higher-level management positions. These may include formal and informal training experiences, seminars, forums, participation on task forces, interagency details, sabbaticals, assignments outside the federal sector, and mobility assignments. Check with your employing agency.

In addition, the government-wide Candidate Development Program is designed to create pools of qualified executives for SES positions on a centralized basis, complementing agency-based programs. Application periods are limited and eligibility rules may vary from one to the next; the program typically is available only to those in high General Schedule grades. The length of the programs also may vary, typically between 12 and 24 months.

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