Trump signs federal skills-based hiring executive order

EO will allow government to 'better recognize the talents and competencies of all Americans' it hires: Ivanka Trump


By Audrey Conklin, FOXBusiness

Jun 26, 2020


President Trump on Friday signed an executive order that aims to promote skills-based hiring for federal jobs.


"Today, I'll sign an executive order that directs the federal government to replace hiring with skills-based hiring,"  Trump said Friday during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. "The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school but the skills and the talents that you bring to the job."


Trump added that the administration has "looked at merit for a long time."


Adviser to the president Ivanka Trump, who co-chairs the board, said the EO will allow the government to "better recognize the talents and competencies of all Americans" it hires.


The executive order aims to "modernize" the federal recruitment process by looking at candidates' specific skills through assessments and interviews rather than prioritizing candidates with degrees that can sometimes be unrelated to the job, the first daughter said during a Friday call with reporters.


Such a hiring process will not prioritize those without degrees over those with degrees but is rather intended to level the playing field for those who chose not to attend college or could not afford to go, a senior administration official said during the call...


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