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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

What is the scope of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures in terms of assessment?

The Uniform Guidelines (http://uniformguidelines.com/) apply to all selection procedures used to make employment decisions, including written tests, interviews, review of experience or education from application forms, résumés, work samples, physical requirements, and evaluations of performance. 

Employment decisions include, but are not limited to, hiring, promotion, demotion, membership (e.g., a labor organization), referral, retention, and licensing and certification (to the extent that licensing and certification may be covered by Federal equal employment opportunity law).  Other selection decisions, such as selection for training or transfer, may also be considered employment decisions if they lead to any of the decisions listed above (see sections 2B and 16Q in the Uniform Guidelines, http://uniformguidelines.com/, and Question 6 within Questions and Answers, http://uniformguidelines.com/qandaprint.html).

For more information regarding the Uniform Guidelines, please contact Assessment_Information@opm.gov.

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