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Civil-Service Reform Association
READ AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, MAY 13, 1896
PUBLISHED FOR THE
CIVIL-SERVICE REFORM ASSOCIATION
NEW YORK CIVIL-SERVICE REFORM
FRANCIS C. BARLOW,
E. L. GODKIN,
D. WILLIS JAMES,
READ AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, MAY 13, 1896.
T the Annual meeting of the Association, held on the 8th of May, 1895, the following officers were elected:
A. R. MACDONOUGH,
S. P. AVERY,
SILAS W. BURT,
RICHARD WATSON GILDER,
EVERETT P. WHEELER.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee held immediately after the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, Mr. Wheeler was unanimously re-elected Chairman. Mr. McAneny was re-elected Secretary and Mr. Schieffelin was re-elected Treasurer.
JACOB F. MILLER,
The several standing Committees were reconstituted as follows:
RICHARD WATSON GILDER, Chairman, ALBERT SHAW,
GEORGE R. BISHOP,
SETH S. TERRY,
Committee on Civil-Service Examinations.
EDWARD CARY, Chairman,
A. R. MACDONOUGH,
J. H. C. NEVIUS.
At the June Meeting the resignation of Mr. Gilder as chairman of the Publication Committee was received and accepted, and Mr. Robert Underwood Johnson was elected to fill the vacancy. At the same meeting Mr. J. G. Phelps Stokes was elected a member of the Finance Committee in place of Mr. Maitland who had not been able to serve.
The past year has been remarkable for the progress made in the extension of Civil Service Reform, both in the Federal Service, in New York State and elsewhere in the United States.
By an order of the President, issued on the 6th of the present month, the United States civil service rules have been extended to every position in the Executive branch of the Government to which they are applicable, with the single exception of positions in the Life Saving Service.
At the beginning of the present administration there were 43,447 positions subject to the rules. Various extensions made during the past three years had brought the total in December last to 55,736. The latest extension brings it to 85,278. The only officers or employees in the Executive branch remaining unclassified, with the single exception before mentioned, are those appointed by the President subject to confirmation by the Senate, and those employed merely as laborers or workmen. Within the classified service the excepted list is reduced from 2,099 to 775, and the exceptions are confined substantially to cashiers of post-offices, custom houses, etc., and the confidential clerks of the President and his cabinet officers. NonCompetitive examinations are abolished wholly.
The order repeals the former rules, which were arranged under ten different titles, numbering fifty-three in all, and substitutes for them a simple code of twelve expressed so briefly