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Frequently Asked Questions Policy on Political Appointees

Why did OPM revise its policy in this way?

One of OPM’s most important roles by law is to uphold the merit system principles and help agencies conduct fair and open competition for Federal jobs in order to comply with applicable civil service laws and regulations.  OPM leadership is committed to upholding these principles every day of every year.  Therefore, in 2010, OPM expanded its oversight to safeguard Federal hiring from political influence.  The revised policy is also in line with recommendations from the Government Accountability Office.

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