Monica Goodling’s Dirty Words

Just how politicized is federal hiring? Behold the Bush Justice Department's Nexis string of red flags.


Just how much has the Bush administration politicized federal hiring? Behold the LexisNexis search string used by Monica Goodling at the Justice Department to screen applicants, as exposed in a July report from the department’s inspector general. (In the database, “w/7” searches keywords that are within seven or fewer words from the search term; “pre/2” searches the two preceding words; an exclamation point finds word variations, so a search for “accus!” would turn up hits for “accuse” or “accusation.”)

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