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The U.S. Treasury Department has frozen all recruitment by its anti-money laundering arm and forced the agency to rescind 11 job offers, after an investigation found it violated the federal employment code during an aggressive hiring push, according to several government officials.The Office of Personnel Management, a federal agency that governs labor practices in the government, determined that the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, illegally screened candidates in a quest to hire only lawyers for certain jobs, the officials said. It has also recommended further investigations by two other federal agencies into FinCEN's practices.Some senior Treasury officials knew about FinCEN's practice but it was not halted until OPM identified the problem, two of the sources said.ACAMS moneylaundering.com, a compliance trade publication, previously reported that FinCEN was under scrutiny and that Treasury officials were considering suspending its hiring authority.The positions at FinCEN were in the agency's recently revamped enforcement division, according to the officials.
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