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Merit Promotion and Internal Placement

It is U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy to recruit qualified, diverse individuals to ensure bringing the best qualified candidates to the attention of management; to give employees an opportunity to receive fair, equitable, and appropriate consideration for higher level jobs; to provide an incentive for employees to improve their performance and develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities; and to provide career opportunities for employees.

The USDA Merit Promotion & Internal Placement Departmental Regulation
( https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/departmental-regulation-4030-335-002 ) establishes and provides a general understanding of the staffing human resources (HR) authorities and required operation. It is to be used with support and advice from the servicing Human Resources offices.