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KSAs Could be Banished from Federal Job Applications

applicationIn an effort to reform the hiring process of government jobs, the cumbersome knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) essay statements could be replaced with a resume-based system, Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry announced.

Speaking to delegates at the Federal Managers Association conference held yesterday, Berry said he expects to send President Barack Obama a plan next week detailing immediate hiring reforms, including replacing the KSAs on government applications with a resume-based system commonly used in the private sector. The president could sign an executive order implementing the changes as early as April, Berry said.

Berry also advocates an executive order that would expedite the hiring of college students and recent graduates, through programs that use part-time interns and allow agencies to bypass certain regulations and “direct hire” applicants with critical skills, The Washington Post reported.

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