Federal Financial Leaders Program

“I think FLP will highly contribute to the next generation of financial leaders so that they can keep up with trends and remain effective”

— Former participant

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Quick Details


March – August 2018, 90 course hours




High-performing midlevel finance professionals who have reached the GS-12 to GS-14 level. Applicants’ job duties should include some variation of budgeting, financial administration, accounting, grants management, auditing or a related federal financial concentration.

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For more information contact Chris Wingo at cwingo@ourpublicservice.org or
(202) 464‑2690.

Increasingly, agencies look to their finance professionals to deliver services that strengthen operations, improve services and support their missions.

These professionals need more than technical skills to effectively manage this mission-critical work—they also need strong leadership capabilities. The Federal Financial Leaders Program enables participants to develop the executive communication, strategic thinking and stakeholder engagement skills needed to excel in their profession and play a critical role in leading agency operations.

The primary objective of the program is not only to teach participants crucial leadership concepts, but also to ensure they graduate capable of employing them. Through team action learning projects, participants practice using their newly developed skills on long-term, real-world government problems. And since participants remain in their full-time jobs throughout the program, they can return to their agencies following sessions and implement program lessons to help them tackle their day-to-day responsibilities.

How to Apply

At the time of application, applicants must be high-performing, midlevel finance professionals who have reached the GS-12 to GS-14 level and have at least three to five years of experience working in their field. Please be aware that your agency may raise the level of qualifications to meet their guidelines.

Program content is geared toward motivated, aspiring leaders whose job duties include some variation of budgeting, financial administration, accounting, grants management, auditing or a related federal financial concentration. Participants should have the experience and ability to take on needed leadership positions within their teams.

We expect participants to attend every session and prepare for each one by reading articles, case studies and reports in addition to working on their team projects. Prior to applying, you should review the program schedule and confirm your availability.

Applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and letter of reference from your supervisor. Carefully consider your short-answer responses to ensure your government career objectives align with our high expectations for participants. You may save your application and return to it later.

If you have further questions, please see the FAQ section.

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Learn how former Financial Leaders Program participant Diane Talaber continues to use program lessons in her government job.

Program Structure

The Federal Financial Leaders Program strengthens the leadership, management and business skills of federal financial management professionals through a combination of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.

March 27-29

Leadership and Self-Discovery
  • Clarifying values
  • Developing a personal leadership philosophy
  • Understanding emotional intelligence and increasing self-awareness

April 24-26

Building Teamwork and Accountability
  • Increasing personal accountability
  • Developing political savvy
  • Managing conflict and overcoming defensiveness
  • Crafting effective team communication and oral presentations

May 22-24

Strategic Communication in the Finance Community
  • Cultivating systems thinking
  • Increasing interdisciplinary awareness (budget, accounting, grants)
  • Analyzing and communicating data
  • Aligning performance with goals

June 26-27

Building Political Savvy in Public-Sector Finance
  • Understanding customer needs and managing expectations
  • Networking and strategic partnering
  • Enhancing negotiation and influencing skills

July 24-25

Taking Charge of Your Career
  • Building trust and a professional network
  • Being a change-agent and leading from your level
  • Creating a Leadership Development Plan

August 21-23

Synthesis and Celebration
  • Presenting Action Project results
  • Cultivating a continuous learning mindset
  • Making commitments to action

“I have begun to take risks and speak up to show others I’m engaged. This program has made me a better team member as I go in search of those individuals new to the team who may need assistance”

— Former participant

“When I came to the program I was very stressed about work demands. It has really taught me how to work with other leaders and manage a project to successful completion”

— Former participant


Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?
You are required to submit one letter of recommendation and a copy of your resume. Your letter of recommendation does not have to come from your direct supervisor, but must come from a senior-level person within your agency who can speak to your qualifications and work ethic. Your resume should include all professional work experience, including nongovernmental experience.

Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?
You will receive an email from a Partnership representative notifying you of your acceptance status within one week after the application deadline. If we have an agreement with your agency to accept you as part of an internal selection process, you will receive word from your agency first, but your acceptance is not confirmed until you have received a notification from us.

Q: I’m no longer able to attend, can I defer my enrollment? Will I receive a refund?
Yes, you can defer your enrollment, but only if you paid your tuition prior to the tuition deadline of the program year for which you applied. If you have not, you will need to reapply. We do provide credits or refunds to agencies who have paid but are no longer able to send participants to the program. If you have participated in one or more sessions, we will determine the credit or refund amount on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?
Yes, you are able to reapply as long as you meet the program’s minimum qualifications. However, please check with your agency prior to reapplying—we do limit the number of accepted participants from a single agency in order to maintain a sufficient diversity of agency perspectives.

Q: Is there an application fee?

Q: How much is tuition?
Tuition is $5,900, which includes all course materials (e.g., books, articles and management tools), online collaboration tools for team projects, and access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks.

Q: When is the tuition deadline, and what are the options for tuition payment?
Pay should be arranged prior to the first session (the specific date will be provided in the first program communication to accepted applicants). Your agency is responsible for paying tuition. We do not accept payment from individual applicants.

We accept the following forms of payment: credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), purchase order or Standard Form 182 (SF-182). The Tuition Form will provide instructions to request a purchase order that can be paid by your agency through Automated Clearing House transfer or check.

We will work directly with the agency POC (e.g., training coordinator, human resources specialist) responsible for paying your tuition, but we will need you to provide us with the name, email and phone number of the POC. Any tuition status update requests should go through your agency POC.

Q: What should I do if I have to miss parts of a session or an entire session? Do you offer make-up sessions?
Graduation from Partnership programs is contingent upon full attendance and participation in sessions. In the event of a conflict, please contact the program manager or program associate as soon as possible. Should you miss any part of a session or an entire session, you will need to attend the same session topic during the following year’s program. We only offer make-up sessions within the same program year for the first session.

The first session make-up will take place before the second session, but you MUST receive permission from the program manager to attend. Failure to attend the first session or make-up session will automatically result in your withdrawal from the program, even if you can attend the remaining sessions.

Q: Where will the sessions take place?
All classroom sessions will take place at the Partnership (see address below). There will be off-site visits throughout the program to federal agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Participants will be notified of these visits in advance.

Partnership for Public Service
1100 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005

Q: Will I take any personality assessments as part of the program?
Yes, we administer and facilitate debriefs on various assessments, including emotional intelligence 360s, the Strength Deployment Inventory, DiSC and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. The assessments will vary depending on your program.

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