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Application information

Please reach out to your agency's leadership development team or Chief Learning Officer linked below for more information on your agency's application process.

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Thank you for your interest in applying to the White House Leadership Development Program! The next step in your career begins here.

How to Apply

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements:
    • Current GS-15 and equivalent civil service employee
    • Work at a 24 CFO Act Agency
    • Exceed Expectations in your current role
  2. Reach out to your Agency Point of Contact for more information and for access to the application
  3. Complete the application by the date specified by your Agency Point of Contact 
    • Complete Application
    • Resume
    • Supervisor Approval Letter 
    • Nomination Letter from Deputy Secretary or Equivalent (Agency-Nominated only)
    • Most Recent Annual Review

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Applicants to the program can be nominated by their agency or themselves. Please reach out to your agency to identify their nomination pathway.

Agency Nominations

Agencies may nominate up to six candidates for the program during each application cycle. Agencies are encouraged to determine their own internal selection processes for nominees.

Self Nominations

Individuals from agencies that follow the self-nominate pathway, can apply for the program with supervisor recommendation and approval. The WHDLP program team will be responsible for vetting up to six self-nominated candidates per agency.

Selection Process

After reviewing formal agency nominations and vetted self-nominations, the WHLDP program team applies a rigorous selection process to determine program finalists. The program will extend finalist invitations for interviews for up to 20 candidates each application cycle.

What to Expect


Application Period Opens


Self-Nomination Application Period Closes


*Agency Application Period Closes


Program Interview Process Begins


Final Decisions Made


New Cohort Begins

*Individual agencies may have an expedited internal deadline for their internal vetting process.