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NCJ Number: 66523 Find in a Library
Title: METHODS OF EVASION OF CIVIL SERVICE LAWS
Journal: SOUTHWESTERN SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY  Volume:15  Issue:4  Dated:(MARCH 1935)  Pages:337-347
Author(s): V O KEY
Corporate Author: Southwestern Social Science Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1935
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Southwestern Social Science Assoc
Austin, TX 78712
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TECHNIQUES FOR CIRCUMVENTING CIVIL SERVICE MERIT LAWS FOR POLITICAL ENDS ARE DESCRIBED.
Abstract: CIVIL SERVICE LAWS, BEGINNING WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE PENDLETON ACT BY CONGRESS IN 1883, HAVE CONSIDERABLY LIMITED THE PATRONAGE AVAILABLE TO POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS IN MANY JURISDICTIONS. HOWEVER, CERTAIN COMMON PRACTICES WEAKEN THE EFFICACY OF ADMINISTRATING THESE LAWS. THE SCOPE OF MERIT LAWS CAN BE LIMITED TO EXCLUDE POLITICALLY STRATEGIC GOVERNMENT POSITIONS AND AGENCIES. TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES CAN BE APPOINTED TO FILL POSITIONS OTHERWISE SUBJECT TO EXAMINATION. LEGISLATION USUALLY PROVIDES THAT VACANCIES IN SUCH POSITIONS MAY BE FILLED FOR 30 TO 60 DAYS BY TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, PENDING THE HOLDING OF AN EXAMINATION. BY FILLING COMPETITIVE POSITIONS WITH TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES AND REPEATLY RENEWING THESE APPOINTMENTS, MERIT LAWS ARE VIRTUALLY REQUIREMENT OF COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT IS EVADED WHEN POLITICIANS CONTRACT WITH PRIVATE CITIZENS TO PERFORM THE WORK OF A COMPETITIVE POSITION. CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MEMBERS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO POLITICAL APPOINTMENT IN MANY JURISDICTIONS, PAVING THE WAY FOR A BIASED ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIL SERVICE PROCEDURES. CONTROL OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE WORK OF A CIVIL SERVICE AGENCY MAY ALSO BE A MEANS FOR MITIGATING THE ENFORCEMENT OF MERIT LAWS. DEVIOUS MEANS CAN ALSO BE USED TO SELECT AND PROMOTE PERSONNEL IN A POLITICALLY BIASED WAY, WHILE PRESERVING THE APPEARANCE OF FOLLOWING COMPETITIVE PROCEDURES. EXAMPLES OF THE PAST USE OF SOME OF THESE
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Civil service; Corruption of public officials; Laws and Statutes; Political influences
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