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Bill would allow agencies to share applicant info

Jun. 30, 2014 - 03:01PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Sen. Jon Tester wants to allow agencies to share information about job apllicants. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images)

Agencies would be able to share information and assessments about federal job applicants, under legislation introduced June 27.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said ithe Competitive Service Act will remove the legal barriers that prevent agencies from sharing information about job candidates. Under existing law agencies cannot share assessments of job applicants—even if it’s for a similar job opening.

“This common-sense bill makes government more efficient without targeting our hard-working federal employees,” said Tester, chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce. “It also helps speed up the hiring process so we can make sure we have a strong federal workforce that is ready to serve the American people.”

Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, said the legislation was a common-sense and cost-effective hiring reform that will make it easier for agencies to hire top talent.

“We urge Congress to pass Sen. Tester’s legislation,” he said.


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