Federal IT Leaders

Information technology is quickly becoming the government’s latest Catch-22. Federal agencies need IT systems to efficiently and effectively run operations and deliver services to the American people. But the more reliant they become on IT, the more vulnerable agencies become to cybersecurity attacks and data breaches.

To maintain IT systems that are both effective and secure, agencies depend on IT leaders with superb technical skills and exceptional management capabilities. The Federal IT Leaders program empowers participants to manage inevitable IT complications and drive vital innovations to strengthen agency operations.

The eight-month program gives participants an opportunity to periodically step away from their day-to-day jobs so they can focus on their long-term professional development. The program meets once every few months for three-day sessions focused on key leadership concepts. Under the guidance of our expert instructors and coaches, participants explore management best practices and practice using their newly developed suite of leadership skills.

We at the Partnership for Public Service remain fully committed to our nonprofit, nonpartisan mission. We also remain fully committed to you and your development. To help you continue to achieve your agency’s mission and grow your skills during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing with all programs and will carry them out virtually through August. Just like our in-person sessions, each virtual offering uses research-supported methods from highly experienced facilitators. For more information contact Diana Starkes at DStarkes@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 292–1014.

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Quick Details


October 2020 – May 2021, 90 course hours




High-performing IT professionals who have reached the GS-12 to GS-14 level at the time of application

Program Details PDF


For more information contact Diana Starkes at DStarkes@ourpublicservice.org or
(202) 292-1014.

How to Apply

At the time of application, applicants must be high-performing, IT 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 individuals with the experience and ability to take on needed leadership positions within their teams. We have high standards for all participants and evaluate their applications to ensure they will be able to contribute fully to the exceptional quality of the program.

Applications must include personal information, professional experience and objectives, an up-to-date resume and an endorsement 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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