Monday, February 12, 2007

MSPB Releases Report on Practice of Merit

The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) last week released a report that chronicles proceedings from a conference it held last year titled, "The Practice of Merit: A Symposium."

Contents of the proceedings are available by topic here, including a session devoted to hiring.

A report of the entire proceedings, including all comments, is available here.

Topics include:

- How the Department of Veterans Affairs recruits, assesses, and retains health care professionals and shies away from written tests

- How the State Department recruits and assesses Foreign Service professionals, including brand establishment and relying on test results over resumes

- How the Office of the Director of National Intelligence recruits, screens, and retains intelligence professionals

Each contributor emphasized the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships with educational institutions and maintaining a commitment to a merit-based system when given more flexibility in hiring.

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