President Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that prioritizes skills and knowledge, not simply academic degree requirements, as qualifications for federal employment.
During an event at the White House, President Trump called the current system "really outdated."
"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. We want that skill to be there," Trump said.
President @realDonaldTrump's executive order directs the federal government to totally revamp and update its hiring process by prioritizing skills above educational background. pic.twitter.com/FTvvK0MfrN— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 26, 2020
"As the nation's largest employer, we are always seeking to recruit and retain the best and the brightest to serve the American people," White House Senior Advisor and American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Co-Chair Ivanka Trump added. "This will allow us to better recognize the talents and competencies of all Americans we hire."
Moving our hiring focus to skills, not outdated degree requirements, "will allow us to better recognize the talents and competencies of all Americans we hire," @IvankaTrump says. pic.twitter.com/dufVDphwzq— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 26, 2020
Today, President @realDonaldTrump will sign an executive order to transform the federal hiring process—and replace one-size-fits-all, degree-based hiring with skills-based hiring.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 26, 2020
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The executive order goes into effect immediately.