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Executive Onboard Model




As the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Senior Executive Service (SES) was established to "...ensure that the executive management of the United States is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the nation and otherwise is of the highest quality."

In keeping with the role of the SES, the overall theme for the program is "Being Future Ready-Leading America's Workforce." The program features keynote speakers who are policymakers, current and former SES members, and subject matter experts. In addition to plenary discussions, speakers may engage participants in interactive exercises and small group discussions to expand their professional networks.

This program concludes with a federal judge administering the oath of office, an affirmation of Constitutional heritage and responsibility. Certificates will be mailed to participants after the program.

Executive Onboard Model

Drawin on the U.S. Onboard Model, SES Orientation Briefings are part of OPM's enhanced executive onboarding model, government-wide executive onboarding framework, and OPM's framework for the continuing development of SES members. This government-wide program is designed to:

  • Orient new members of the SES to their enterprise-wide role and environment.

  • Provide practical advice on navigating unique challenges new SES members face

  • Explore the career SES role as the link between top presidential appointees and the rest of the federal workforce.


Who Should Attend

  • Career Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), and Scientific or Professional (ST), and other SES-equivalents.

  • SES Orientation Briefings support Senior Executives in their first two years of appointment.

  • Seasoned Senior Executives who have not previously attended are also welcome.



Additional Information

Additional Competency Emphasized: Executive Onboarding

For example, in the U.S. federal government, briefings are from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Clara Barton Auditorium (600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA). Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. on the ground floor atrium.

Participants will receive the briefing agenda, pre-readings, and an online pre-program survey prior to attendance. Pre-survey responses are used to help inform the agenda and prepare speakers.

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