Executive Corner

A resource for keeping the NIH executive community informed about training opportunities, executive performance management and other matters of interest.

Brought to you by the Division of Senior and Scientific Executive Management (DSSEM).

Important Dates

FY 2022 Executive Closeout

16 Sep

Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL)

30 Sep Senior Level T-42 (IC Directors & All others)

For details on guidance and deadlines, please review the FY 2022 Executive Closeout Guidance.

Please contact the Executive Performance Management Team with questions.

News and Announcements

NIH's 2021 Presidential Rank Award Winners Announced!

The PRA is one of the most prestigious awards in the federal career civil service, and these awards are critical to recognizing the hard work and important contributions of dedicated civil servants in the American federal workforce. This year, 230 winners from 37 federal agencies were selected by the President for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments, and service over an extended period of time. These individuals are all members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior-Level (SL) and Scientific and Professional (ST) corps. Of the winners this year, three were from NIH! NIH’s winner are highlighted below and all winners may be viewed at the .

FY 2021 NIH Presidential Rank Award Winners

Performance Management

USA Performance (USAP)
An automated performance management system for SES and Senior-Level Title 42 executives.

Executive Performance Management - Awards and Recognition
Information on the executive performance cycle and the various award programs.


The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above GS-15. Compensation is through a performance-based pay system.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has overall authority for the SES program. They provide oversight and assistance to HHS and NIH.

SES Information and Guidance

Candidate Development Program

The Candidate Development Program (CDP), is a tool used to identify and prepare aspiring senior executive leaders. 

This program is not offered on a regular basis. When the application period is open, HHS and other sponsoring agencies will post opportunities on USAJobs. If interested, you may apply to the program.

Vacancies and Rotational Opportunities

For additional information and guidance, check out the NIH Senior Executive Service SharePoint Site

Training Opportunities

Executive Careers

Recent NIH Executive Vacancies

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