Require All New Hires to Deny Cronyism

Promise Honored President Obama has kept the following promise:

"Obama will issue an executive order asking all new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution." — Obama's "Blueprint for Change"

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Updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama bans hires based on political affiliation or contributions

In one of his first acts as president, Barack Obama kept a campaign promise to reduce political influence in his administration by signing an executive order on Jan. 21, 2009. The order requires "every appointee in every executive agency" to pledge to not make hires or having been hired based on anything other than qualifications, competence and experience.

The "Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel" also requires that appointees sign forms saying that they were not hired because of political affiliations or contributions.

Obama "requires that government hiring be based upon qualifications, competence and experience, not political connections," according to a statement issued by his press secretary. " He has ordered every one of his appointees to sign a pledge abiding by these tough new rules as a downpayment on the change he has promised to bring to Washington."

The title of the order is "Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel." (See the full text here.)


CNN, "Vowing transparency, Obama OKs ethics guidelines," Jan. 21, 2009.

The White House Office of the Press Secretary, text of executive order

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