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Washington, D.C. – Today Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Patrick T. Carothers US Marshals Service Hiring Improvement Act of 2017, a bill that will give the US Marshals Service a better method to appoint criminal investigators. The legislation is named in honor of Deputy Commander Carothers, a long-time veteran of the US Marshals who died on November 18, 2016 in the line of duty in Long County, Georgia. The legislation will grant the Director of the US Marshals Service authority to appoint criminal investigators using excepted service hiring. Excepted service employees are those whom have already undergone the US Office of Personnel Management’s competitive hiring evaluation and have the ability to move freely from one government position to another. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Cornyn and Klobuchar.

“We need to give the US Marshals Service all the tools necessary to do their job efficiently,” Hatch said. “The lack of authority to hire excepted service is hurting the Marshals Service as they struggle to replace deputies leaving or retiring with qualified personnel. This bill will provide Marshals with a diverse recruiting pool of specialized and skilled applicants in a way that is more efficient and less costly than having to conduct a giant 30,000 plus-person vetting exercise every several years. It is a bill that can honorably carry the name of Deputy Commander Carothers, who was a selfless leader that sacrificed his life for the safety of others.”

“The U.S. Marshals Service is a premier law enforcement agency, with a broad range of responsibilities including the capture of felony fugitives, investigation of threats against judges, protection of critical witnesses, and security of our federal courthouses,” Senator Coons said. “I am proud to partner with Sen. Hatch on the Patrick T. Carothers U.S. Marshals Service Hiring Improvement Act of 2017, which would both increase the efficiency of the USMS’s hiring process and enhance the continued development of the diverse, multi-skilled workforce needed to carry out the agency’s important responsibilities.”

Currently, the US Marshals Service is the only Department of Justice law enforcement component with criminal investigation responsibilities that does not have entry-level excepted service appointment authority.

A letter of support from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association can be found here.

Patrick T. Carothers’ Officer Down Memorial Page can be found here.