The Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) has accepted the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s proposal to administer the testing program for officials seeking promotion to seven ranks, from warden to assistant special agent in charge. Under the $147,950 contract, the institute will oversee testing for an 18-month period beginning in spring 2017. The tests help provide DOC with a fair and objective measure for assessing employee skills and making personnel decisions. Testing follows a two-step process. Aspirants first take a written exam to determine if they have the requisite job knowledge that is needed for the higher rank. They are then tested at an interactive assessment center on their ability to apply their knowledge and skills by performing job-related tasks.