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FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT

OF THE

UNITED STATES CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D. C., November 4, 1929. Sir: The merit system of appointment, established by the civil service act and rules, is increasingly effective in regulating and improving the civil service. The highest scientific, technical, and professional positions are being successfully filled through the examinations and we urge the extension of the system to the selection and tenure of all nonpolitical employees.

The standard of employees is being systematically raised. In the early days of the classified service only a mental test was required. In time this was supplemented by a physical examination and where appropriate, a marking on experience. Now, for many places of trust, a searching character investigation is made.

EXAMINATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

The number of persons examined by the commission during each of the last three fiscal years for original appointment, promotion, transfer, or reinstatement for positions classified under the civil service rules, and positions not so classified, and also the number appointed each year as the result of such examinations, are shown in the following table:

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The last fiscal year marked a further increase in appointments. The departmental increase was due, not to additional activities in any single department, but to a general need for a larger force. While employment was likewise increased throughout the field serv

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