The Federal Service

The Federal Service

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The Federal Service

The Federal Service

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Among the fundamental factors determining efficiency of public administration that of the system employed in securing, compensating, directing and controlling the personnel required for the conduct of governmental operations will always occupy first rank. No amount of care in determining how a government shall be organized for the performance of its work, the manner in which the funds necessary for its support shall be raised and expended, and the particular practices and procedure that shall be employed in carrying on its activities, will give even a measurable approach to efficiency in the actual administration of public affiairs unless a technically competent and loyal personnel can be secured and retained in the service and a system devised whereby this personnel may be effiectively directed and controlled.

In view of the importance of the subject it is little short of remarkable the slight attention that this problem has received as a problem. There is in existence a large body of literature dealing with what is known as civil service reform. This literature, however, scarcely touches more than one or two phases of the problem of personnel administration as a whole. Primarily it is concerned with the two related questions of entrance into the government service and the legal status, from the standpoint of tenure of office, of employees after entrance. Even in respect of these matters the interest of promoters of reform has been primarily in securing what may be termed political, as distinguished from administrative, reform. They have sought to purify our political life by the abolition of the spoils system and the prevention of undue partisan activities on the part of public employees. Only in comparatively recent years have persons either inside or outside of the govern-

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