JOBS AT MSC: recruit, select, advance

The following blog post was written by MSC’s dedicated human resources staff, and is part of a series focused on jobs at MSC – recruiting and retaining our talented workforce. This post highlights the first Merit System Principle, Recruitment, Selection and Advancement. Stay tuned for more and be sure to share your feedback and ideas in the comments section.

Whether you’re interested in joining MSC, just starting your career, or have been part of our family for many years, it’s important to know the underlying standards of our personnel management system, known as the Merit System Principles

For those of you in the private sector, these are the hiring and other personnel policies put in place and typically managed by the companies HR practice to ensure fair and equitable standards exist.

Our Merit System evolved in response to previous inconsistencies in the government.  The nine resulting principles are part of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and are written in law at 5 U.S.C § 2301 (b)

According to the first Merit System Principle, “recruitment should be from qualified individuals from appropriate sources in an endeavor to achieve a work force from all segments of society, and selection and advancement should be determined solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge and skills, after fair and open competition which assures that all receive equal opportunity.”

So, what does this mean?!

The underlying vision is to have a federal workforce that is representative of the population of the United States. It is also centered on the idea that anyone may receive a civil service position and be advanced in a position as long as they are qualified and have the competence to perform the job. The last part, dealing with equal opportunity, ensures that vacant jobs are filled after fair and open competition and bars discrimination in employment.

In short, this principle, combined with the other eight, provides guidance for how managers and supervisors should manage human resource programs. If you’re interested in learning more about the Merit System Principles visit the DoN Human Resources website or the Office of Personnel Management.


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