Hire Based on Merit

Promise in the Works President Obama is working on the following promise:

"When it comes to hiring people in my administration, the litmus test that will apply will not be based on party or ideology or who's traded the most favors, but on qualifications and experience. We're going to have experienced, competent people in the White House." — 05/19/08 Billings, Mont.

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Updated: January 21, 2009

Obama order lays out ethics requirements

Section 1.6 of Obama's executive order on executive branch ethics requires all appointees to pledge "that any hiring or other employment decisions I make will be based on the candidate's qualifications, competence, and experience." During his transition period, Obama stressed pragmatism and inclusion in his selections; two picks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Transportation nominee Ray LaHood, are Republicans.


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