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A STEP BACK BEFORE A STEP UP: City Sanitation Workers who took a promotion test for Supervisor will have to retake the exam after questions and answers were posted to Facebook.

It was a waste of time.

Upward of 2,300 Department of Sanitation workers will have to retake a promotion exam for Supervisor after answers to the test were circulated on social media.

A file with 121 multiple-choice questions and their answers was posted on a Facebook page for a study group, according to the New York Post, which first reported the tainting of the test.

DOI Investigating

“The results have been nullified,” said Nick Benson, a spokesman for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which administers city civil-service tests. Test-takers were told on April 22 that the test has been invalidated.

The NYC Department of Investigation is investigating.

The test had 100 questions, and was given to 2,349 people hopeful of a promotion to a post that pays a minimum of $80,812.

 “The Civil Service exams administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services are of the highest standards,” a statement from the agency said. “The City of New York has zero tolerance for misconduct. Any allegation of wrongdoing is and will be thoroughly investigated to ensure the integrity of the testing process.”

Test-takers, who paid $91 to take the April 13 exam, had to hold a permanent appointment as Sanitation Workers to be eligible. Their application fees will be refunded.

No Need to Cheat

Harry Nespoli, the president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, which represents the city’s roughly 7,000 Sanitation Workers, said that after a time on that job, there should be no need to try to gain an unfair advantage when being assessed for promotions. “You should have a good idea of what the job is all about,” he said. With “a little common sense,” the exam is effortless, he added.  

A panel of up to a dozen people from outside agencies develop questions for the city’s civil-service exams. The test-developers sign an affidavit with DOI stating that if they are “found to have revealed confidential information about an examination/applicants/candidates to anyone” they risk termination, arrest and prosecution, according to the DCAS statement.

Those who are found to have cheated on the exam could be barred from taking any future Civil Service exams.

The notice for the test said exam questions would cover Sanitation Department policies and procedures, judgment, decision-making and time management skills, and standard subjects such as math and writing. It also addressed “standards of proper employee ethical conduct.”


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