Civil Service Reform in the National Service, 1889-1891: Six Reports of the Special Investigating Committee of the National Civil Service Reform League

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Geo. H. Ellis, 1891 - Civil service - 86 pages
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Page 64 - Republican administration, should be completed by the further extension of the reform system already established by law— to all the grades of the service to which it is applicable.
Page 71 - ... division of his district into subdivisions most convenient for the purpose of enumeration; to designate to the Superintendent of Census suitable persons, and, with the consent of said Superintendent, to employ such persons as enumerators within his district, one for each subdivision, and resident therein, who shall be selected solely with reference to fitness, and without reference to their political party affiliations...
Page 10 - ... should also shield them from being arrested from their legislative work, morning, noon, and night, by office-seekers. To sum up in a word : the present system invades the independence of the executive, and makes him less responsible for the character of his appointments ; it impairs the efficiency of the legislator by diverting him from his proper sphere of duty and involving him in the intrigues of aspirants for office ; it degrades the civil service itself by destroying the personal independence...
Page 83 - In 1870 the population was stated as 38,558,371. According to these figures the absolute increase in the decade between 1870 and 1880 was 11,597,412, and the percentage of increase was 30.08.
Page 76 - ... post office address of every voter on the list. After you have done so, I wish you to send the book to me at Canandaigua. I ask you to do this as a personal favor, and to make no mention of the matter to anyone. What I want is a full list of all the voters in your enumeration district. Will you please treat this matter as strictly confidential ? " Very truly yours, [Signed] J. RAINES.
Page 66 - ... whole battle against the Garfield bill had been fought on the question of patronage. It was for the avowed purpose of retaining this large body of more or less lucrative appointments in the hands of the dominant party that the United States marshals rallied in Washington, during the winter of 1869-70, to defeat the House measure. They wanted to use these thousands of offices as a means of strengthening their hands in their respective districts, to fight the Kuklux and the illicit distillers;...
Page 65 - IV. The census ought to be as free from partisan color as the Judiciary. Otherwise, no one can rely upon the accuracy of its conclusions. To gain the confidence of the people, it ought to be not merely fair and just, but free from even the appearance of corrupt or partisan influence. If the government has a free choice between a non-political and a political agency for taking this enumeration, and chooses the latter, composed of officials of its own political faith, the presumption is against the...
Page 65 - And even if it were fair, many would not believe it to be fair. Suspicion is cast on such a census in advance of enumeration ; and if, at the close of the work, inaccuracies are shown, resulting in some cases in advantage to the party by which it is taken, the work is sure to be discredited.
Page 7 - One third of the working hours of Senators and Representatives is hardly sufficient to meet the demands made upon them in reference to appointments to office.
Page 77 - Act, or shall, without the authority of the Director of the Census, communicate to any person, not authorized to receive the same, any information gained by him in the performance of his duties, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor...

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