united states coast guard

R 22 JUN 20

ALCGOFF 105/20
1. This message describes the SEFP Phase II timeline and process and identifies 
resources available to apply. SEFP programs instill in our senior leaders the 
strategic thinking and policy development skills needed to meet the challenges 
and opportunities presented in a rapidly evolving world. Most programs are 
approximately one year in duration. Students who attend War Colleges, NDU 
Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, NDU College of 
Information and Cyberspace, International Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program, 
Inter American Defense College, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, and MIT 
programs earn a master's degree. Think tank and academic fellows do not earn a 
degree, but will have an autonomous schedule with daily opportunities to interact 
with respected government and industry leaders. Fellows are expected to add to 
public policy discourse by contributing to ongoing research studies, authoring 
articles, and furthering the Coast Guard's external outreach efforts. All 
members interested in these programs are encouraged to visit the CG-0923, Office 
of External Outreach and Heritage, Senior Education and Fellowship Program portal 
2. Direct Access (DA) will be used for the SEFP Phase II application process. All 
members who plan to apply should verify that their DA information access is recent 
and updated. Those unable to connect to DA may communicate requests to screen via 
email to the OPM POC listed in paragraph 11, NLT 10 July 2020. Each member must 
follow up with an e-resume as soon as DA connectivity is available. All officers 
who anticipate being considered by the SEFP should act now to ensure their 
Employee Summary Sheet (ESS), contact information in DA, and Electronic Imaged 
Personnel Data Record (EIPDR- consisting of items such as OERs, record of 
professional development (CG-4082), and academic transcripts) are accurate and 
3. The Senior Command Screening Panel (SCSP) will be held prior to the SEFP. 
Officers who are screened during SCSP for a command position may also compete for 
Senior Education and Fellowship Programs. PSC-OPM will engage directly with those 
selected for both and work to balance service needs with member desires in making 
a final assignment recommendation.
4. The following SEFP Phase II timeline will apply:
       A. Application Period: 22 June - 10 July 2020
       B. Waivers Considered: 29 June - 07 August 2020
       C. Initial Candidate Lists Posted: 10 July - 07 August 2020
       D. Final Candidate Lists Posted: OOA 17 August 2020
       E. SEFP Phase II: 31 August - 04 September 2020
5. Process: The SEFP Phase II will convene on 31 AUG 2021. There is no limit to 
the number of programs officers may apply for, provided all eligibility criteria 
are met. Officers should carefully consider the programs to which they are applying 
since they can only be selected for those listed on their resume.
	A. Application:  AY21 SEFP Phase II application procedures are provided on 
	the CG Portal in the OPM Reference Library - SEFP II Folder at In particular, applying to SEFP uses the 
	"My Panel Submissions" link located under "Tasks" in DA (NOT PCS e-Resume). 
	Officers can apply to both SCSP and SEFP if eligible. There is no need to 
	prioritize between SEFP and SCSP in the application panel, however 
	applicants must rank order desired SEFP program(s) (e.g. 1. CSIS, 2. NWC, 
	3. MIT-Sloan) since nominations are directly connected to member 
	prioritization. Applicants must adhere to the 10 July application 
	deadline to be eligible to compete for SEFP Phase II programs. 
	B. Eligibility: Ref A outlines the general AY21 SEFP Phase I and II 
	guidelines along with eligibility criteria and is available on CG Portal 
	in the OPM Reference Library here: The 
	panel will consider tour complete O-5s not yet selected for O-6 and tour 
	complete O-5 selects. Additionally, O-4s in zone for O-5 in PY21 who are 
	tour complete AY21 or AY22 may also apply. A command endorsement is not 
	required for officers that are tour complete in 2021.
	C. Eligibility Waivers: Officers who do not meet eligibility criteria 
	outlined in this message should request a waiver in the member comments 
	box and provide clear justification for the request.  As each program will 
	generate its own candidate pool, officers need to submit a waiver in the 
	member comments for each program selected, as applicable.  (Note: Waivers 
	and endorsements will not be viewed by the panel and are only used to 
	determine eligibility.) Since Ref A and the above listed criteria cannot 
	cover every possible situation concerning eligibility, PSC-OPM will 
	consider waiver requests on a case-by-case basis while remaining 
	consistent with the intent of the approved criteria.  
	D. Tour Completion Waivers: A command endorsement is required for those 
	requesting a waiver for not being tour complete, with the exception of 
	those listed in paragraph 5B, and should address early rotation if 
	selected for SEFP. Non-tour-complete officers in command positions will 
	not normally be granted waivers to compete in the SEFP.
	E. NEW TO SEFP PHASE II: OPM-2 will post SEFP program opportunities, as 
	well as program-specific eligibility criteria, on the portal in the 
	following location:
	F. NEW TO SEFP PHASE II: OPM-2 will post an initial candidate list on 
	the portal in the following location: 
	The initial candidate list will be updated weekly between 29 June and 
	07 August as applications and waivers are processed. The final candidate 
	list will be posted in the same location.
	G. SEFP PHASE II Results: Primary and alternate SEFP candidates will be 
	notified of their selection via the SEFP results ALCGPSC message shortly 
	after the panel concludes. Primary candidates will be listed on the 
	results message by program in alphabetical vice precedence order. Should 
	the need to use an alternate arise, PSC-OPM will use the panel's program 
	specific criteria to fill the need from the alternate list.
6. SEFP Phase II collectively describes the following War Colleges, Masters 
Degree, and Fellowship programs. AY21 TAB allocations are posted here:
	Air War College
	Army War College
	Brookings Institute
	Carnegie Mellon University Fellowship
	Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
	College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC)
	Eisenhower School (Acquisitions)
	Eisenhower School, NDU
	Harvard National Security Fellowship
	Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellowship 
	Inter-American Defense College (IADC)
	International Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (ICTF/NDU)
	Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS)
	Marine Corps War College
	MIT Acquisition System Design and Management (SDM)
	MIT Sloan Fellowship
	National War College
	Naval War College
	Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Fellowship
	RAND Military Fellowship
	Secretary of Defense’s Executive Fellowship (SDEF)
	Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
7. Officers attending a Senior Education and Fellowship Program incur a minimum 
active duty obligation of three months for each month of education in addition 
to any other obligated service the officer may have incurred.
8. Upon completion of the Senior Education and Fellowship Program, officers 
should expect to be placed in career enhancing billets that take full advantage 
of this experience. In addition to internal CG billets, this could result in 
high visibility assignments throughout the government including Department of 
State, White House, Pentagon, DHS, Congressional Affairs, or DOD combatant 
commanders. Officers attending programs with a specific career track (Eisenhower 
Acquisition, MIT-SDM, NDU College of Information and Cyberspace, ODNI, etc.), 
should expect to be assigned to a position that will make full use of the 
continued specialization.
9. PSC-OPM-2 will conduct a SEFP virtual webinar on 07 July at 1400 EDT.  
Officers who desire to participate in a webinar should register by contacting 
LCDR Beth Ledbetter at the email below. Deadline to register for the webinar is 
29 June. Understanding many of us are working remotely, we are soliciting for 
questions in advance. Please include any questions in the sign up email.
10. For questions regarding the SEFP process or to request copies of the 
references for those without access to the CG Portal, please contact the SEFP 
Coordinator listed below. The Program Manager handles all coordination and 
management issues for selected officers before and during their programs. 
Questions regarding career implications and follow-on assignments should be 
directed to Sponsors or PSC-OPM assignment officer.
11. Points of Contact:
	A. The PSC-OPM POC for SEFP coordination is LCDR Beth Ledbetter, 
	(202) 795-6454, 
	B. The Senior Education and Fellowship Program Manager is LCDR 
	Daniel Cathell, (202) 372-4602,
	C. The Sponsor for MIT Sloan is LCDR Trevor Parra, (202) 372-3512,
	D. The Sponsor for ODNI is LT Mary Katherine Wheeler, (202)372-2727,
	E. The Sponsor for MIT SDM is LCDR Vincent Escobedo, (202) 475-3197,
	F. The Sponsor for NDU College of Information and Cyberspace is 
	LCDR Adam Reckley, (202) 475-5751,
12. CAPT M. T. Brown, Chief, PSC-OPM, sends.
13. Internet release authorized.