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In the exercise of the power vested in the President by the Constitution, and by virtue of the 1753d section of the Revised Statutes, and of the Civil Service act approved January 16, 1883, the following rules for the regulation and improvement of the executive civil service are hereby amended and promulgated :


No person in said service shall use his official authority or influence either to coerce the political action of any person or body or to interfere with any election.



person in the public service shall for that reason be under any obligation to contribute to any political fund, or to render any political service, and he will not be removed or otherwise prejudiced for refusing

to do so.


It shall be the duty of collectors, postmasters, assistant treasurers, naval officers, surveyors, appraisers, and custodiaus of public buildings at places where examinations are to be held, to allow and arrange for the reasonable use of suitable rooms in the public buildings in their charge, and for heating, lighting, and furnishing the same, for the purposes of such examinations; and all other executive officers shall in all legal and proper ways facilitate such examinations and the execution of these rules.


1. All officials connected with any office where, or for which, any examination is to take place, will give the Civil Service Commission, and the chief examiner, such information as may be reasonably required to enable the Coin mission to select competent and trustworthy examiners

, and the examivations by those selected as examiners, and the work incident thereto, will be regarded as a part of the public business to be performed at such office, and, with due regard to other parts of the public business, said examiners' shall be allowed time during office hours to perform the duties required of them.

2. It shall be the duty of every executive officer promptly to inform the Commission, in writing, of the

removal or discharge from the public serv. ice of any examiner in his office, or of the inability or refusal of any such examiner to act in that capacity; and, on the request of the Commis

sion, such officer shall thereupon name not less than two persons serv. ing under hiin, whom he regards as most competent for a place on an Examining Board, stating generally their qualifications, and from all those who may be named for any such place the Commission shall select a person to fill the same.

RULE V. There shall be three branches of the service, classified under the Civil Service act (not including laborers or workmen, or officers required to be confirmed by the Senate), as follows:

1. Those classified in the Departments at Washington shall be desig. nated “The Classified Departmental Service.”

2. Those classified under any collector, naval officer, surveyor, or ap; praiser in any customs district, shall be designated “The Classified Customs Service.”

3. Those classified under any postmaster at any post office, including that at Washington, shall be designated “The Classified Postal Service."

4. The Classified Customs Service shall embrace the several customs districts where the officials are as many as tifty, now the following: New York City, N. Y.; Boston, Mass.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Fran cisco, Cal.; Baltimore, Md.; New Orleans, La.; Chicago, Ill.; Burlington, Vt.; Portland, Me.; Detroit, Mich.; Port Huron, Mich.

5. The Classified Postal Service shall embrace the several post offices where the oficials are as many as fifty, now the following: Albany, N. Y.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Brooklyn, N. Y.; Buffalo, N. Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Jersey City, N. J.; Kansas City, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Newark, N. J.; New Haven, Conn.; New Orleans, La.; New York City, N. Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N. Y.; Saint Louis, Mo. Saint Paul, Minn.; San Francisco, Cal.; Washington, D. C.

6. Whenever within the meaning of said act the clerks and persons employed by the collector, naval officer, surveyor, and appraisers, or either of them, in any customs district, shall be as many as fifty, any ex. isting classification for the Customs Service shall apply thereto, and when the number of clerks and persons employed at any post-office shall be as many as fifty, any existing classification of those in the Postal Service shall apply thereto; and thereafter the Commission will provide for examinations for filling the vacancies at said offices, and the Rules will be applicable thereto.

RULE VI. 1. There shall be open, competitive examinations for testing the fitness of applicants for admission to the service. Such examinations shall be practical in their character, and, so far as may be, shall relate to those matters which will fairly test the relative capacity and fitness of the persons examined to discharge the duties of the branch of the service which they seek to enter.

2. There shall, so far as they may be deemed useful, be competitive examinations of a suitable character to test the fitness of persons for promotion in the service.

RULE VII. 1. The general examinations under the first clause of Rale VI for admission to the service shall be limited to the following subjects: ist. Orthography, penmanship, and copying. 20. Arithmetic--fundamental

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rules, fractions, and percentage. 30. Interest, discount, and elements of book-keeping and of accounts. 4th. Elements of the English language, letter-writing, and the proper construction of sentences. 5th. Elements of the geography, history, and government of the United States.

2. Proficiency in any subject upon which an examination shall be held shall be credited in grading the standing of the persons examined in proportion to the value of a knowledge of such subject in the branch or part of the service which the applicant seeks to enter.

3. No one shall be entitled to be certified for appointment whose standing upon a just grading in the general examination shall be less than sixty-five per centum of complete proficiency in the first three subjects mentioned in this rule, and that measure of proficiency shall be deemed adequate.

4. For places in which a lower degree of education will suffice, the Commission may limit the examinations to less than the five subjects above mentioned; but no person shall be certified for appointment, un. der this clause, whose grading shall be less than an average of sixty. fire per centum on such of the first three subjects or parts thereof as the examination may embrace. 5. The Commission may also order examinations upon other subjects of a technical or special character, to test the capacity which may be needed in any part of the Classified Service which requires peculiar information or skill. Examinations hereunder may be coinpetitive or non-competive, and the maximum limitations of age contained in the twelfth Rule sball pot apply to applicants for the same. The application for, and notice of, these special examinations, the records thereof, and the certification of those found competent, shall be such as the Commission may provide for. After consulting the head of any Department or office, the Commission may from time to time designate, subject to the approval of the President, the positions therein for which applicants may be required to pass this special examination.

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No question in any examination, or proceeding by, or under, the Commissiou or examiners, shall call for the expression or disclosure of any political or religious opinion or afliliation, and it such opinion or affiliation be known, no discrimination shall be made by reason thereof by the examiners, the Commission, or the appointing power. The Commission and its examiners shall discountenance all disclosure, before either of them, of such opinion by or concerning any applicant for examination or by or concerning any one whose name is on any register awaiting appointment.

RULE IX, All regular applications for the competitive examination's for admission to the Classified Service must be made on blanks in a form approved by the Commission. All requests for such blanks, and all applications for examination, must be addressed as follows: 1.'If for the Classified Departinental Service, to the U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. 2. If for the Classified Postal Service, to the postinaster under whom service is sought. 3. If for the Classified Customs Service, to the bead of either customs office in which service is souglit. Ali officers receiving such applications will indorse thereon the date of the

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reception thereof and transmit the same to the proper examining board of the district or office where service is sought, or, if in Washingtou, to the Civil Service Commission,


Every examining board shall keep such records, and such papers on file, and make such reports as the Commission shall require; and any such paper or record in the charge of any examining board or any officer shall at all times be open to examination as the Commission shall direct, and upon its request shall be forwarded to the Commission for inspection and revision.


1. Every application, in order to entitle the applicant to appear for examination or to be examined, must state, uuder oath, the facts on the following subjects: 1. Full name, residence, and post-office address. 2. Citizenship. 3. Age. 4. Place of birth. 5. Health and physical capacity for the public service. 6. Right of preference by reason of military or naval service. 7. Previous employment in the public service. 8. Business or employment and residence for the previous five years. 9. Education. Such other information shall be furnished as the Commission may reasonably require touching the applicant's fitness for the public service. The applicant must also state the number of members of his family in the public service, and where employed, and must also assert that he is not disqualified under section 8 of the Civil Service act, which is as follows: “ That no person habitually using intoxicating beverages to excess shall be appointed to or retained in any office, appointment, or employment to which the provisions of this act are ap. plicable." No person dismissed from the public service for misconduct shall be admitted to examination within two years thereafter, and no person not absolutely appointed or employed after probation shall be admitted to an examination within one year thereafter.

2. No person under enlistment in the Army or Navy of the United States shall be examined under these Rules, except for some place requiring special qualifications, and with the consent in writing of the head of the Department under which he is enlisted.

3. The Commission may by regulations, subject to change at any time by the President, declare the kind and measure of ill health, physical incapacity, misrepresentation and bad faith, which may properly exclude any person from the right of examination, grading, or certification under these rules. It may also provide for medical certificates of physical capacity in the proper cases; and for the appropriate certification of persons so defective in sight, speech, hearing, or otherwise, as to be, apparently, disqualified for some of the duties of the part of the service which they seek to enter.


1. Every regular application must be supported by proper certificates of good moral character, health, and physical and mental capacity for doing the public work, the certificates to be in such form and number as the regulations of the Commission shall provide; but no certificate will be received which is inconsistent with the tenth section of the Civil Service act.

2. No one shall be examined for admission to the Classified Postal Serv. ice if under sixteen or over thirty-five years of age, excepting messen. gers, stampers, and other junior assistants, who must not be under fourteen years of age; or to the Classified Customs Service, or to the Classified Departmental Service, if under eighteen or over forty-five years of age; but no one shall be examined for appointment to any place in the Classified Customs Service, except that of clerk or messen. ger, who is under twenty-one years of age; but these limitations of age shall not apply to persons honorably discharged from the military or paral service of the country, who are otherwise duly qualified.


1. The date of the reception of all regular applications for the Classi. fied Departmental Service shall be entered of record by the Cominis. sion, and of all other regular applications by the properexamining boards of the district or office for which they are made; and applicants when in excess of the number that can be examined at a single examination shall

, subject to the needs of apportionment, be notified to appear, in their order on the respective records. But any applicants in the several States and Territories for appointment in the Classified Departmental Service may be notified to appear for examination at any place at which an examination is to be held, whether in any State or Territory, or in Washington, which shall be deemned most convenient for them.

2. The Commission is authorized, in aid of the apportionment among the States and Territories, to hold examinations at places convenient for applicants from different States and Territories, or for those exam. ination districts which it may designate and which the President shall approve.

3. The Commission may, by regulation, provide for dropping from any record the applicants whose names have remaineil thereon for six months or more without having been reached in due course for notification to be examined.


Those examined shall be graded, and shall have their grade marked upon a register after those previously thereon, in the order of their ex. cellence as shown by their examination papers, except that those froin the same State or Territory may be entered upon the register together, in the order of relative excellence, to facilitate apportionment. Separate registers may be kept of those seeking to enter any part of the service in which special qualifications are required.


The Commission may give a certificate to any person examinel, stating the grade which such person attained, and the proficiency in the several subjects, shown by the markings.


1. Whenever any officer having the power of appointment or employ ment shall so request, there shall be certified to him, by the Commission or the proper examining board, four names for the vacancy specified, to be taken from those graded highest on the proper register of those in his branch of the service and remaining eligible, regard being had

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