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SES Briefings for New Executives

OPM, in conjunction with the White House, conducts periodic briefings for new SES members. The sessions incorporate lectures, discussions, question-and-answer periods, and opportunities for networking. Topics covered include Administration goals and initiatives, practical advice on how to work effectively with sectors outside the Executive Branch, how the SES works, attributes of effective leaders, etc. The briefings end with a swearing-in ceremony and a reception.

The briefings generally are announced four to six weeks ahead of time, and fill up quickly. Check this site frequently to learn the date of the next session.

Invitation to the SES Briefing

September 16-17, 2009, for career SES or Equivalent

Use SES Briefing online link to register for these 2 days

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to invite you to the second of the Obama Administration's series of senior briefings for new Senior Executive Service (SES) members or equivalent to learn about the President's agenda, and his vision and values, and to discuss the unique challenges you face with your new responsibilities. As a new member of the SES, you will play a key role in making President Obama's agenda of change a reality.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts these programs with the White House. The next SES Briefing will be held September 16-17, 2009.

These sessions for new SES members provide an overview of executive branch priorities and a unique opportunity to interact with a broad range of policymakers. You may have heard from your colleagues about our previous briefings, which included presentations from Cabinet Secretaries and top advisors to the President – including the Vice President. Though not all officials are available for each briefing, you will be provided with insights and information on domestic and foreign policy issues from the Administration's most knowledgeable individuals.

The programs are held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. A swearing-in ceremony and reception in your honor conclude the two-day program.

To accept my invitation, please register by August 31, 2009. In the past, these programs have filled prior to the deadline, so register online right away. Enclosed are program and registration information.


John Berry
Director, Office of Personnel Management

SES Briefing Information for Career SES or equivalent

WHEN: September 16-17, 2009, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration check-in and coffee and tea begin at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Atrium Hall at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

WHAT: The keynote address will be delivered by a senior Obama Administration official. There will be important discussions on current government-wide issues facing the SES, a presentation on executive leadership, an overview of the President's agenda. Plan to be there. It is a program that you won't want to miss.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The program concludes with a Federal judge administering the oath of office, followed by a reception in your honor. If you wish, a photographer will take your picture with the officiating judge. Business attire is appropriate. Due to limited space, family members and/or friends cannot attend.

COST: $850, payable by Government-issued purchase card or your own agency specific procurement forms. The cost includes briefing materials, a framed certificate, luncheon, coffee breaks and an evening reception.

HOW TO REGISTER: Register online by August 31, 2009, for the two-day program by selecting the link below or faxing your registration form and payment information to OPM at 304-870-8078. We accept Government-issued purchase cards or your own agency-specific procurement forms. We must receive all payment information by the registration closing date prior to confirming registration. Government travel cards cannot be used to register for events.

SES Briefing Registration for the 2 day program:

Other Important Information

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 31, 2009, at 4 p.m. or when we reach capacity, whichever occurs first. The program will fill up quickly as we only have space for 250 participants. We cannot accept registrations received after the closing date or once we reach our limit.

CONFIRMATION NOTICES: We will email a confirmation notice of your registration to the address you provide. OPM staff only can confirm your registration. A confirmation from your Agency's training office does not mean you are registered with OPM. If you do not receive a notice from OPM by September 3, 2009, please call 304-870-8008. We will gladly fax or email another one.

CANCELLATIONS: Transfers or substitutions must be received by the registration closing date. Email requests to register@opm.gov or fax to 304-870-8078.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS AND REQUESTS: Please tell us as soon as possible if you have special needs. We are happy to provide interpreters and accommodate special diets, but we must know in advance to prepare for your needs.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is accessible via the Metrorail system (subway). Parking is available under the building, but it is expensive and commercial parking in the surrounding area is limited. We highly recommend using the subway. To use the Metrorail, take the Blue or Orange line to the Federal Triangle Station. As you exit the station, the Reagan Building is directly in front of you, across the plaza.

HOTELS: Please contact your Agency Headquarters' SES Contact for hotels located near the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and Metro stations.

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION: For additional information, please call Cynthia Grantham at 304-261-9060. In the event of an emergency or inclement weather on the day of the event, please call for the event status.