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MSPB – Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service

Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service – A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the Merit Systems Protection Board June 2016. “…As explained in this report, new political appointees whose backgrounds do not include prior public service may be unfamiliar with the rules for the civil service, including the prohibitions regarding the employment of relatives. The transition between administrations may be a particularly high-risk period as – regardless of the outcome of the election –when there is a new President there will be a large number of new appointments to positions that are political in nature and thus filled by many individuals who do not have prior experience within the civil service. When these officials arrive in their new positions, it will be important for them to conduct themselves in accordance with the law…”

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