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Coming Senate INvestigation of Civil Service

Charges that the eisenhower administration has allowed politics to creep into the federal civil service, first made soon after the Republicans returned to power in 1953, continue to be heard and are likely to increase in volume as another presidential campaign approaches. Democratic assertions that the party in charge of the Executive Branch has undermined the merit system by patronage practices, and Republican complaints that “holdovers” in the government bureaucracy have blocked implementation of administration policies, will be given a new public airing when the Senate Civil Service Committee begins a long-heralded investigation of the civil service. The Senate on May 11 voted $75,000 for a committee inquiry into the administration of both the civil ...

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