1. Hiring and promoting employees on the basis of ability, with open competition in initial appointment.

  2. Providing fair compensation on the basis of like pay for like work.

  3. Retaining employees on the basis of performance, correcting inadequate performances, and separating those whose inadequate performance cannot be corrected.

  4. Training employees as needed for high-quality performance.

  5. Assuring fair treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status, and with proper regard for their privacy and constitutional rights as citizens.

  6. Protecting employees against political coercion and prohibiting use of official position to affect an election or nomination for office.

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