Some semifinalists in the competitive Presidential Management Fellows program were mistakenly told they had been accepted as finalists.
The Office of Personnel Management sent approximately 300 semifinalists in the Presidential Management Fellows program two contradictory e-mail messages — one saying they were not finalists and one saying they were, Federal Times reports.
An administrative error caused the automated notification system to send incorrect responses to about a quarter of the semifinalists, according to a statement by Angela Bailey, OPM's associate director of employee services. The program office caught the error the next day and sent a new message to the 300 applicants who had incorrectly been told they were finalists, according to Federal Times.
The program awards two-year paid fellowships at federal agencies to students with advanced degrees. At the end of two years, fellows can become full-time employees.