The federal government uses psychological tests throughout the employment process-in hiring, promoting, and retiring its employees. Some of these tests probe into the most intimate aspects of an individual's life. Do these tests produce their intended results? Are they necessary for effective government service? Do they unreasonably interfere with the private lives of the individuals tested? These and other questions have been asked with increasing frequency recently, and the author, who was counsel to the Senate Subcommittee which has been investigating governmental psychological testing, attempts to answer some of them in this article.

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