President Trump has signed an executive order
that changes the way administrative law judges are hired. Trump’s executive order eliminates exams and competitive hiring processes for administrative law judges, and leaves hiring authority to agency heads, reports the ABA Journal.
There are about 1,900 administrative law judges in the federal government, but the vast majority of them work for the Social Security administration, according to the Washington Post
. According to a member of Trump’s staff, the only requirement to become an administrative law judge is an active bar license or a state judgeship.