Department of State

Allow anyone with a postgraduate education to apply for a PMF

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As is customary in the United Kingdom and several other advanced countries, the United States should provide fast-track on-ramps to the civil service-- including the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program-- for highly educated candidates at ANY point in their careers. For instance, if a candidate starts a company or a non-profit instead of joining the civil service straight out of graduate school, he or she will be disadvantaged relative to his or her less entrepreneurial classmates. Let's not keep the best and brightest Americans out of the civil service just because they didn't know they wanted a career in government when they were in their early 20s. Let's reform the PMF program and allow anybody to apply.

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