Letter to the editor

I'm a supervisor. Regarding the rule of three — Milt Zall is completely off his rocker. ["Keep the rule of three," Federal Computer Week, March 26, 2001.]

I have had cases where equally ranked candidates were excluded from consideration because of the mind-numbing algorithm that uses the candidate's Social Security number along with the day of the week that the personnel staffer is doing the rankings.

Where else but the nuttiest kind of bureaucracy would something as arbitrary as a "rule of three" be deemed more important than (a) fairly giving all candidates of equal ranking an opportunity to interview for the job and (b) letting the selecting official choose from all the equally qualified applicants?

Galen Tromble

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