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I encountered a posting on USAJOBS.gov for a statistician (NIH). The job has qualifications that are atypical for the position and job duties. Specifically, the posting requires advanced courses in mathematics that are not related to the duties required in any meaningful way. The posting requires more advanced courses in mathematics than statistics. This is a full-time permanent position and my hunch is that the hiring managers already had somebody in mind with a specific background that other qualified candidates are unlikely to share. It is common practice in the agency I work for to have an inside or outside candidate in mind prior to posting the position, then having the opening available for 3 days thus minimizing the number of applicants for what is essentially a rigged process.This is a federal job and therefore supposed to be competitive so that the public is best served. I realize it is common practice, but I would think federal jobs are held to a higher standard. There are and have been many husband/wife, siblings and cousins working within the same department where I work.