Federal Employees News Digest

Congress passes Competitive Service Act

Legislation that that would let agencies review and select job candidates from other federal agencies' "best qualified lists” of applicants headed to the president’s desk after clearing Congress March 8.

The Competitive Service Act (S. 1580), introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), will allow applicants who already have undergone a competitive assessment process to be eligible for hiring across multiple federal agencies. Agencies currently cannot share applicant information.

“Eliminating hurdles so qualified workers can get jobs in public service is the kind of common-sense legislation that we need more of back in Washington,” Tester said in a statement after the bill’s final passage.

The Federal Managers Association is among the organizations that have supported the legislation.

“As I have said before, at a time when the federal government is struggling to improve recruitment and retention, this tool would streamline the hiring process and remove a barrier for talented men and women," said FMA President Patricia Niehaus.

See the bill at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c114:7:./temp/%7Ec114t21LMw::.

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