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THE CIVIL SERVICE

HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SELECT COMMITTEE ON
INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL APPOINTMENTS AND
DISMISSALS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTIETH CONGRESS
FIRST AND SECOND SESSIONS

PURSUANT TO

S. Res. 154

A RESOLUTION TO INVESTIGATE ILLEGAL APPOINTMENTS
AND DISMISSALS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

SINCE JULY 1, 1919

JUNE 15, 1928, TO FEBRUARY 25, 1929

Printed for the use of the Select Committee on Investigation of Illegal

Appointments and Dismissals in the Civil Service

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SELECT COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL APPOINT

MENTS AND DISMISSALS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

PORTER H. DALE, Vermont, Chairman W. B. PINE, Oklahoma.

J. THOMAS HEFLIN, Alabama. SMITH W. BROOKHART, Iowa.

WALTER F. GEORGE, Georgia.

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APPOINTMENTS AND DISMISSALS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1928

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SELECT COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL
APPOINTMENTS AND DISMISSALS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE,

Washington, D.C. The committee met (pursuant to call of the chairman) at 11.30 a. m., in room 250 Senate Office Building, Senator Porter H. Dale (presiding).

Present: Senators Dale (chairman), Brookhart, and Heflin.

Present also : Hon. William C. Deming, president Civil Service Commission; C. W. Bartlett, chairman special committee, assistant chief, division of appointments; Miss Vivian Carlson, assistant chief, division of appointments; Mrs. Amy A. Harrison, congressional correspondence clerk, division of appointments; Ruloff R. Strattan, statistical clerk, division of appointments; H. E. Morgan, director of public information and recruiting; and John T. Doyle, secretary Civil Service Commission.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order.

(The committee had under consideration Senate Resolution 154, which is as follows:)

[S. Res. 154, Seventieth Congress, first session]

RESOLUTION

Whereas William C. Deming, President of the Civil Service Commission, admitted in an article published in the Washington Post of March 6, 1927, that the Civil Service Commission had appointed in excess of quotas over 10,000 persons from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and other States; and

Whereas many legally appointed civil-service employees from States whose quotas are in arrears, and many ex-service men and women have been illegally separated from the service, and much suffering and hardship caused thereby, terminating in some cases in commitments to Saint Elizabeths Hospital, and in other cases in suicide; and

Whereas the morale and efficiency of many of the executive departments and independent establishments of the Government have been completely broken down by the injustice, discrimination, intimidation, and illegal dismissals in the civil service and much loss to the Government caused by the resulting maladministration of the laws: Therefore be it

Resolved, That there is hereby created a special committee of the Senate, to consist of five members appointed by the President of the Senate, three of whom shall be from the majority party (including one Progressive Republican), and two of whom shall be from the minority party. The committee is authorized and directed to investigate illegal appointments and dismissals in the civil service since July 1, 1919. The committee shall meet and organize within five days from the date of appointment and immediately thereafter shall begin hearings upon this resolution. Within sixty days after the adoption of this resolution the committee shall report to the Senate concerning such illegal appointments and dismissals in the civil service, and shall include in its report such

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