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Federal Hire-a-Felon Program?

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This Federal Times headline just about says it all: "One Solution to Staff Shortages: Hire Felons."

By the way, this is anything but a joke to Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., who is weighing whether to introduce a bill next year to make it easier for agencies to hire recently released felons. Under current rules, felons are eligible for federal jobs, but agencies can consider take felony convictions in to consideration in deciding whether to hire somebody.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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