FEI Handbook and Leadership for a Democratic Society Information

LDS Admission and Registration Procedures

Admission and Registration Requirements

Leadership for a Democratic Society program is designed for U.S. federal civil service employees in the pay grade of GS-15 or above and military officers in the pay grade of O-6 or above. Federal non-General Schedule civil service employees must be in a pay grade equivalent to GS-15 or above (e.g. FS-01, SV-K, EJ-04, etc).  

Non-federal employees, to include Private sector, state and local government, must be of an equivalent grade (as determined by FEI). 

GS-14 Federal employees (and equivalents in other pay systems) who have executive-level duties may request a grade waiver to participate in the LDS program.  Please contact the FEI Registrar for additional information and guidance.

All attendees must receive sponsorship in the form of funding approval from their employing agency, company, etc.

Agency or Company Funding

Leadership for a Democratic Society participants must be funded by their current employers. Agencies/companies are responsible for funding the full cost of the program and agree to relieve participants of their work responsibilities for the duration of the program to maximize the participant’s learning.

Registering and paying for FEI programs

U.S. federal civil service employees arrange attendance through their agency training office.  FEI contracts all Leadership for a Democratic Society spaces through agency training representatives.  Training office staff work with the FEI Registrar to complete the registration process.

Non-federal employees, to include Private sector, international, state and local government employees arrange attendance with the FEI Registrar directly.  The FEI Registrar will work with each individual and their employer to coordinate the registration process.

Registration Process 

Once the (SF-182) or other registration document is submitted to FEI, a review to ensure the nominee meets all admission criteria will take place. Once the review is complete, participants are notified via email regarding their registration status within two weeks.

Checking My Registration Status

To check the status of a current nomination, please contact us by email: FEIRegistrar@opm.gov, or telephone: (434) 980-6232.

Learn more about the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program

Email:  FEIRegistrar@opm.gov 

Telephone:  (434) 980-6232

Fax:  (434) 980-6267