Burdened by high turnover rates and desperate for experts in specialized fields, federal regulators are scrambling to add more than 500 new examiners this year.

The recruiting drive comes after several years of attrition among the exam forces, as downsizing forced federal agencies to put new hires on hold. Now turnover among examiners-about 10% quit each year-is forcing regulators to search for highly skilled and costly replacements in a tight labor market.

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