Kathy Sandru I would like to know why the hiring process is so restricted? I have applied for opportunities through USAJOBS.gov, and while I was found eligible for alot of positions, my applications were not forwarded to the hiring official. I have taken college courses, but due to the cost, have not been able to get a degree (based on my household income, I don't qualify for Pell grants). Yet I have over 10 years of experience within my field. Too much focus is being put on degrees and not on experience, IMO. There are many people like myself who have the knowledge, and the skills to perform well in the jobs, but are not given the opportunity to present them in an interview format because we don't have a degree.