(1) This policy, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, establishes minimum standards for equitable and consistent treatment of applicants and employees in recruitment and selection for state jobs.
(2) Montana state government is committed to:
(a) attracting and retaining a highly qualified workforce based on competencies and job-related qualifications;
(b) providing applicants with a reasonable opportunity to learn about, and apply and be considered for positions when external recruitment is conducted; and
(c) using a competitive recruitment process to select individuals for permanent status employment.
(3) This policy covers all agencies in Montana's executive branch except the Montana University System, the Montana State Fund, elected officials, personal appointed staff of elected officials, and any other position specifically excluded under 2-18-103 and 2-18-104, MCA.