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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

What should an agency do if it is unable to develop an alternative assessment to the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA)?

OPM recommends continued use of ACWA if an agency has not developed alternative procedures for those positions identified in Appendix D of the Delegated Examining Operations Handbook (  The March 6, 2009, Memorandum, "Use of Validated Assessment Tools When Filling Positions in the Competitive Service," provides additional information (


If you have any further questions regarding ACWA or use of validated selection procedures, please contact

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