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"Leading to Deliver Greater Public Value"

An FEI SES Onboarding Forum



Friday, August 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Onsite registration and networking start at 8:30 AM.

(This Forum was previously offered in June 2017 and May 2018)


The Senior Executive Service was established to “…ensure that the Executive Management of the Government of the United States is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation and is otherwise of the highest quality”. This means that Senior Executives must provide the spark for generating breakthroughs in performance while simultaneously managing the core mission and operational capabilities.

As a new Federal Senior Executive, how do you position your organization or program to deliver greater value to the public when you are in the midst of critical change and reform initiatives, fiscal challenges, and low public trust and confidence in the federal bureaucracy?  How do you recognize what constitutes public value for a given national priority, initiative, agency or program? What leadership strategies can you use to reimagine how you operate and engage with customers and stakeholders to achieve enterprise priorities?  And when you are pursuing new ideas to improve outcomes for the American people, how do you align, sometimes transform, the myriad digital, financial, human, information and other resource systems to execute the vision?

Leading to Deliver Greater Public Value is a forum to help new Senior Executives increase their strategic capacity to integrate citizen and consumer-focused innovation to address a broad spectrum of enterprise leadership challenges.  

How You 
Will Benefit

As a new Federal Senior Executive you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss how successful enterprise leaders reimagine and implement innovative ways to deliver public value

  • Share strategies and tools for leading customer-centered organizations to strengthen service to the public

  • Explore how to harness strategic and operational capabilities (including human, financial, digital and information resources) to deliver results on key national challenges

  • Consider applications of enterprise approaches to strengthening outcomes for the populations you serve

  • Collaborate with peers and experienced Federal Senior Executives to expand networks and apply insights and tips

An agenda and other materials to prepare for the Forum will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the program.

Who Should 

This Forum is designed exclusively for career Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), and Senior Scientific or Professional (ST), and other SES-equivalents who are in their first two years as an SES.


The tuition is $695 per person, payable by Government-issued purchase card or agency-specific procurement forms. Tuition includes instructional materials and a working lunch.


United States Patent and Trademark Office, (USPTO) Lower Level Auditorium at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22301.  If you need lodging, click here to see nearby hotels. The nearest airport is Ronald Reagan International Airport.  We will email you directions after your registration is confirmed.

about the SES

Meaning of
“SES equivalent”

SES positions are those within the executive branch of the Federal government that are classified above the GS-15 level, or an equivalent position, which is not required to be filled by Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, and in which the incumbent:

  • Directs the work of an organizational unit;
  • Is held accountable for the success of one or more specific programs or projects;
  • Monitors progress toward organizational goals, and periodically evaluates and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals;
  • Supervises the work of employees other than personal assistants; or
  • Otherwise exercises important policy-making, policy-determining, or other executive functions.

There are Federal agencies with legislation (e.g., Title 10, Title 38, and Title 42) that permits hiring into executive service positions for specialized skills (e.g. law enforcement and defense intelligence and medical specialties) paid above GS-15 that are not in the SES (QRB-certified), ST (Scientific or Professional), or SL (Senior Level) pay plans. The SES Leading EDGE Onboarding Forums are appropriate for such SES-equivalent positions.

Also click here for OPM information on ST (Scientific or Professional) and SL (Senior Level) positions that are included in our definition of SES-equivalents.


We suggest wearing business attire to all FEI SES Leading EDGE programs


For more information, call (434) 980-6278 or email SES-Leading-EDGE@opm.gov.


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