Extension of the Merit System

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Recent Action to Vitalize Merit System

Extension and Reorganization of System in 1938

Action by the President and by Congress during the last twelve months has laid the groundwork for the most far-reaching extension of the federal civil service system since passage of the original Civil Service Act of 1883. Under an executive order issued June 24, 1938, which became effective last February 1, the President extended the competitive civil service to all positions in the executive branch which had previously been exempt, except those requiring senatorial ...

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