The "Presidential Memorandum on Hiring Reform" (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-improving-federal-recruitment-and-hiring-process) eliminated the requirement for applicants to submit essay-style demonstrations of their qualifications as part of the initial application process.
Applicant response formats that have been offered as possible alternatives to lengthy, written demonstrations of competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) include the following:
Another option is to use a multi-step, hurdled approach such that the written narratives are introduced after the initial application is submitted but before the formation of the Certificate of Eligibles.
For more information, please contact Assessment_Information@opm.gov.
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