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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

Can the agency use education requirements as an alternative to the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA)?

No, agencies may not replace the ACWA assessments with education requirements (  Education and other such minimum qualification requirements do not constitute a rating and ranking (i.e., assessment) procedure as required by the Delegated Examining Operations Handbook (DEOH):

Minimum requirements screening is the first step in the examining process, but by itself does not satisfy the requirement to rate and rank applicants (see Chapter 5, Section B of the DEOH).


If you have any further questions regarding ACWA or validating selection procedures, please contact

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