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to any right of preference and to the apportionment of appointments to States and Territories; and from the said four a selection shall be made for the vacancy. But if a person is on both a general and a special register he need not be certified from the former, except at tbe discretion of the Commission, until he has remained two months upon the latter.

2. These certifications for the service at Washington shall be made in such order as to apportion, as nearly as may be practicable, the original appointments thereto among the States and Territories and the District of Columbia, upon the basis of population as ascertained at the last preceding census.

3. In case the reqnest for any such certification or any law or regu. lation shall call for those of either sex, persons of that sex shall be cer tified, otherwise sex shall be disregarded in such certification.

4. Subject to the other provisions of this rule persons eligible on any register shall be entitled to three certifications only, to the same officer; but, with bis request, in writing, there may be a fourth certification of such persons to him, wben reached in order. No one shall remain eligi. ble more than one year upon any register except as may be provided by regulation; but these restrictions shall not extend to examinations under clause 5 of Rule 7. No person while remaining eligible on any register shall be admitted to a new examination, and no person having failed upon any examination shall within six months thereafter be admitted to another examination, without the consent of the Commission.

5. Any person appointed to or employed in any place in the classified service, who shall be dismissed or separated therefrom without fault or delinquency on bis part, may be reappointed or re-employed in the same Department or office at a grade for wbich no bigher examination is required than for the position he last held, within one year next following such dismissal or separation, without further examination, on such certification as the Commission may provide.


1. Every original appointment or employment in said classified sert: ice shall be for the probationary period of six montlis, at the end of which time, if the conduct and capacity of the person appointed have been found satisfactory to the officer having the duty of selection, the probationer shall be absolutely appointed or employed, but otherwise be deemed out of the service.

2. Every officer under whom any probationer sball serre during any part of the probation provided for by these rules shall carefully observo the quality and value of the service rendered by such probationer, and shall report to the proper appointing officer, in writing, the facts observed by loim, showing the character and qualifications of such.probationer, and of the service performed by him; and such reports shall be preserved on file.

3. Every false statement knowingly made by any person in his application for examination, and every couniranice by him at any false statement made in any certificate which may accompany bis application, and every deception or fraud practiced by him or by any person in his behalf and with his knowleilge to influence his examination, certification, or appointment, shall be regarded as good cause for refusing to certify such person or for the removal or discharge of such person during his probation or thereafter.


Every head of a department or office shall notify the Commission of the name of every person appointed to, or employed in the classified service under bim (giving the date of the appointment and the desig. nation of the office or place) from those examined under the Commission; and shall also inform the Commission of the date of any rejection or final appointment or employment of any probationer, and of the promotion, removal, discharge, resignation, transfer, or death of any such person after probation. Every head of any office in the postal or customs service shall give such information on these subjects to the Board of Examiners for his office as the regulations of the Cominission may provide for.


There are excepted from examination the following: 1. The confidential clerk or secretary of any head of a department or office. 2. Cashiers of collectors. 3. Cashiers of postmasters. 4. Superintendents of money.order divisions in post offices. 5. Tlie direct custodians of money for whose fidelity another officer is uuder oflicial bond, and disbursing officers baving the custody of money, who give bonds; but these exceptions shall not extend to any otficial below the grade of assistant cashier or teller. 6. Persons employed exclusively in the secret service of the Government, or as translators, or interpreters, or stenographers. 7. Persons whose employment is exclusively professional, but medical examiners are not included among such persons. 8. Chief clerks, deputy collectors, deputy naval otficers, deputy surveyors of customs, and superintendents or chiefs of divisions or bureaus. But no persons so excepted shall be either transferred, appointed, or promoterl, unless to some excepted place, withont an examination under the Commission, which examination shall not take place within six months after entering the service. Promotions may be made without examination in offices where examinations for promotion are not now helu, until rules on the subject shall be promulgated.


If the failure of competent persons to attend and be examined, or the prevalence of coutagious disease or other sufficient cause, shall make it impracticable to supply in due season for any appointment the names of persons who have passed a competitive examination, the appointment may be made of a person who has passed a non-competitive exam. ination, which examination the Commission may provide for; but its Dext report shall give the reason for such resort to non-competitive examjuation.


1. No person, unless excepted under Rule 19, shall be admitted into the classified civil service from any place not within said service, without an examination and certification under the rules; with this exception, that any person who shall have been an officer for one year or more last preceding, in auy Department or office, iu a grade above the classi. fier service thereof, may be transferred or appointed to any place in the service of the same without examination.

2. No person who has passed only a limited examination under clause 4 of Rule 7, for the lower classes or grades in the ciepartmental or

customs service, shall be appointed or be promoted within two years after appointment to any position giving a salary of $1,000, or upwards, without first passing an examination under clause 1 of said rule, and such examination shall not be allowed within the first year after appointment.

3. But a person who has passed the examination under said clause 1, and has accepted a position giving a salary of $900 or less, shall have the same right of promotion as if originally appointed to a position giving a salary of $1,000 or more.

4. The Commission may at any time certify for a $900 or any lower place in the classified service any person upon the register who has passed the examination under clause 1 of Rule 7, if such person does not object before such certification is made.


Any person who has been in the classified departmental service for six months or more immediately previous may, when the needs of the service require it, be transferred or appointed to any other place therein upon producing a certificate from the Civil Service Commission that such person has passed at the required grade one or more examinations, which are together equal to that necessary tor original entrance to the place which would be secured by the transfer or appointment; and any person who has for three years last preceding served as a clerk in the office of the President of the United States may be transferred or ap. pointed to any place in the classitied service without examination.


The Civil Service Commission will make appropriate regulations for carrying these rules into effect.


Every violation, by any officer in the executive civil service, of these rules, or of the 11th, 12th, 13th, or 14th section of the Civil Service Act, relating to political assessments, shall be good cause for remoral.


Any person who was employed on or before the 16th day of January, 1883, in any Executive Department at Washington, in a position not included in the classified service in said Department, but who was at that date exclusively engaged in the duties of a clerk or copyist, and who has since been continuously so engaged, may, in the discretion of the head of the Department, be treated as within the classified service in the Department, in a grade corresponding to such duties; provided such person bas either already passed an examination under the Civil Service Rules, or shall pass an appropriate competitive or non-competitive examination thereunder, at a grade of sixty-five per cent. or up wards.

Approved June 12, 1884.


The names of all persons who shall have successfully passed their examination under the Civil Service Rules prerious to July 16, 1884,

may remain on the Register of persons eligible for appointment two years from the date of their respective registrations, unless sooner appointed. Approved July 18, 1884.


Appointments to the 150 places in the Pension Office provided to be filled by the act of July 7th, 1884, except so far as they may be filled by promotions, must be separately apportioned by the appointing power in as near conformity to the second section of the act of January 16th, 1883, as the need of filling them promptly and the residence and quali fications of the applicants will permit. Approved July 22d, 1884.


Appointments to the 150 places in the Pension Office provided to be filled by the act of March 3, 1885, except so far as they may be filled by promotions or transfers, must be separately apportioned by the appointing power in as near conformity to the second section of the act of January 16th1, 1883, as the need of filling them promptly and the residence and qualifications of the applicants will permint. Approved July 16th, 1885.


Special Rule No. 2, approved July 18th, 1881, is hereby revoked. All applicants on any Register for the Postal or Customs Service, who, on the first day of November next, shall have been thereon one year or more, shall

, in conformity with Rule 16, be no longer eligible for appointment from such Register. Approved October 1, 1885.



The United States Civil Service Commission, acting under the authority of the Civil Service Act of January 16, 1883, and the rules promul. gated by the President, makes the following regulations:


Regulation 1. The Chief Examiner shall, as far as directed by the Commission, attend the examinations held by the sereral boards of examiners. He shall take care to secure accuracy, uniformity, and justice in all their proceedings, which shall at all times be open to bim; but leaving the duty of the examiners, in marking and grading those examined, uuimpaired. The Commission will, in its discretion, designate one of its own members, or request the detail of a suitable person, to supervise examinations whenever deemed needful.

Regulation 2. He shall prepare and submit to the approval of the Commission proper forms and questions. He shall take care that the rules and regulations relating to his duties are complied with, and bring every case of injustice and irregularity observed by him to the atten. tion of the Commission. He shall take such part as the Commission shall assign him in the work at Washington. It shall be his duty to conter, from time to time, with the heads of the postal and customs offices which he otticially visits concerning the regularity, sufficiency, and convenience of the exainipations for the service under them.


Regulation 3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the proceedings of the Commission and have charge of and be responsible for the sate-keeping of the books, records, papers, and other property in its office. He shall make the proper certification of those cligible for the Departmental service. He sball generally conduct the correspondence of the Commission and perform such other appropriate duties as it may assign to him.


Regulation 1. The general Board of Examiners for the Departmental service shall consist of three persons from the Treasury Department, two from the War Department, one from the Navy Department, two from the Post Office Department, two from the Interior Department, one from the Department of Justice, one from the Department of Agriculture, and such members as the Commission may designate. But aby members, not less than three, may be designated by the Commission to constitute the actiug Examining Board for any examination, General, Special or Supplementary.

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