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

Preliminary Call for SES/SL 2024 Presidential Rank Award Nominations


  • Full PRA Nomination Package: TBD, early 2024


NIH Virtual Tour

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News and Announcements

Provisional Certification for Senior-Level (SL) and Scientific or Professional (ST) Performance Appraisal System

With OMB concurrence, OPM approved HHS for a provisional certification for the Senior-Level (SL) and Scientific or Professional (ST) performance appraisal system, effective July 2, 2023, to July 2, 2024. This certification authorizes pay for SL/ST up to Executive Level II, $212,000, and the higher aggregate limitation on pay, $272,100 for CY2023.

To avoid a certification authority gap and continue applying the higher maximum rate of pay and higher aggregate, the department will request full certification in April 2024, which requires full compliance with the SL/ST basic performance management system for the FY 2023 performance cycle.

FY 2023 Presidential Rank Award Winners Have Been Announced!

The Presidential Rank Award (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 essential contributions of dedicated civil servants in the American federal workforce. The President selected 232 winners across 31 different agencies for the 2023 awards program for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments, and service over an extended period. These individuals are all members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior-Level (SL), and Scientific and Professional (ST) corps. NIH had an amazing four winners this year! Join us in congratulating NIH’s winners (listed below)! A complete list of 2023 winners may be viewed on the OPM site.

FY 2023 NIH Presidential Rank Award Winners:

  • Ms. Camille Hoover, M.S.W.
  • Mr. Keith R. Lamirande, M.B.A.
  • Ms. Colleen McGowan, MHA, FACHE
  • Mr. Jerry Sheehan, M.S.


Development Opportunities and Other Information

Conflict and Negotiations for Federal Executives - Conflict in any workplace is unavoidable, and it's critical that you have an arsenal of management strategies ready to resolve disputes and reach agreements quickly and effectively. This course offers personalized approaches and tools to help you face discord with a positive and constructive approach. For more information and to register for the January 17-19, 2024 program, click HERE. Tuition: $3300

Working with Congress for Federal Executives - As a senior leader, understanding how Congress functions can help you develop strategies to represent better your department or agency with Members of Congress and Congressional staff. This seminar explores the complex mix of policies, personalities, and politics that drive policy development on Capitol Hill. To work effectively with Congress, it is essential to know the culture and realities of Capitol Hill. During this virtual presentation, you’ll get a first-hand look at the workings of Congress by virtually visiting Congressional hearings and interacting with various key players who have worked with Congress. You'll better understand the current political environment where federal managers must be effective through group discussions, breakout exercises, video presentations, and an interactive case study. For more information and to register for the April 22-24, 2024 program, click HERE. Tuition: $3700


The Virtual Benefits Fair will be available throughout the Federal Benefits Open Season, November 13 – December 11, 2023. Register now for access anytime during the open season. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access the fair. To register, click HERE.

Monthly Medicare 101 Webinar – Learn more about Medicare basics and how FEHB coordinates with Medicare, and have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion. See the attached flyer for more information and to register.

Multi-Carrier Webinars - Live and on-demand sessions available. Day and evening sessions starting November 1 through December 11. Click HERE to register.

Health Insurance 101 - an on-demand presentation that will discuss the history of the FEHB program, define key insurance terms, and provide tools and suggestions for choosing the proper health, dental, and vision plans for you and your family. Click to register.

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