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WASHINGTON — The National Treasury Employees Union is suing some federal agencies for their use of the Federal Career Intern Program that was initiated by an executive order under President Bill Clinton.

The lawsuit filed Jan. 24 charges that the intern program allows federal agencies “to circumvent and undermine competitive hiring procedures,” according to a release by NTEU. The suit challenges Office of Personnel Management rules regarding the program as not restrictive enough and mentions the programs’ use at the FDIC, IRS, and Bureau of Customs and Board Protection.

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