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February 1, 1897, will be considered in preparing the register of eligibles at that time. Subsequent registers will be prepared semiannually from the applications received prior to June 1 and December 1 of each year, unless the needs of the service demand special registers.
The names of eligibles upon these registers may be certified for similar positions in other branches of the Government service.
Applicants should be careful to indicate the particular trade or position for which they desire to be examined, and the locality in which they desire employment.
JOHN R. PROCTER, President.
ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT AT LARGE.
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE,
Washington, D. C., March 8, 1897. Pursuant to the provisions of the civil-service act, and in accordance with the civil-service rules promulgated by the President, all employees of the Ordnance Department at large of the United States Army "except persons employed as mere laborers” have been classified, and the following regulations, to be observed in filling vacancies therein by promotion or otherwise, are hereby established.
Positions in the Ordnance Department at large will be distributed generally among the following schedules, as near as the duties which pertain to the positions will permit:
Schedules. Technical places...
Schedule A. Clerical places
.Schedule B. Special mechanics.
Schedule C. Mechanics
Schedule D. Foremen and inspectors
.Schedulo E. Skilled laborers....
Schedule T. Messengers and watchmen
Schedule G. Places below classification
Schedule H. Schedule A shall include chief engineer, draftsmen, constructing engineer, engineer operating testing machine, civil engineer, resident engineer, chemist, chief inspector, resident inspector at shops.
Positions in Schedule A will, when practicable, be filled by the promotion of persons found competent, after competitive examination, who hold positions in the Schedules B, C, D, E, F, or G, or from existing registers of eligibles established by the Civil Service Commission for original entrance to the service; or if suitable persons bo not found in the service and can not be obtained from existing registers of eligibles, the Civil Service Commission will be requested to hold a special examination to fill the vacant position, in which examination such scientific or technical tests of fitness will be applied as are recommended by the Chief of Ordnance and approved by the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission.
Schedule B shall include clerks, stenographers, clerk and telegraph operator, clerk and typewriter operators, typewriters, clerk and timekeepers, copyists.
Positions in Schedule B will, when practicable, be filled by the promotion of persons who hold positions in the Schedules A, C, D, E, F, or G, on tests of fitness recommended by the Chief of Ordnance, approved by the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission; but if persons in the service are not competent, the appointments may be made from the eligible registers of the Civil Service Commission; and should the persons on the eligible registers be found not suitable, the Civil Service Commission will be requested to hold an examination to include such tests of fitness as the nature of the position may require.
Schedule C shall include mechanical engineer, master mechanic, master workman,
master machinist, assistant to engineer at testing machine, master carriage maker, master carpenter, master painter, instrument maker.
Positions in Schedule C will, when practicable, be filled from persons within the Schedules A, B, D, E, F, or G, on tests of fitness recommended by the Chief of Ordnance and approved by the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission; but should it not be practicable to promote persons within the above-named schedules, the Civil Service Commission will be requested to hold a competitive examination, applying such tests of fitness as may be recommended by the Chief of Ordnance and approved by tbe Secretary of War and tho Civil Service Commission.
Schedulo D shall include steam engineer and machinist, locomotive engineer, engineman, firemen, machinist, pattern maker, blacksmith, painter, tool maker, screw maker, file cutter, casehardener, temperer, engraver, diesinker, filer, vitrioler, polisher, rigger, piper, case maker, tinsmith, plumber, saddler, wheelwright, hammersman, boiler tender, steam engineer, engineer (not civil or mechanical), assistant steam engineer, electrician, mechanic, carpenter, smith, printer, mason, gauge maker, cutter, browner, bluer, harness maker, tool grinder, wheelman, steam and gas fitter, melter, millwright, molder, tinner, weigher, farrier, bolt maker, heater, rotary filer.
Positions in Schedulo D will bo filled when practicable from persons within the Schedules E, F, or G, upon tests of fitness determined upon by the commanding officer; but should no person be found competent in Schedules E, F, or G, the positions will be filled from a register of eligibles to be certified by the Civil Service Commission in the order of standing on such register, with such additional tests of fitness as may be recommended by the Chief of Ordnance and approved by the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission.
Schedule E shall include foreman, assistant foreman, inspector, assistant to inspector of ordnance, assistant in experimental firing, assistant inspector.
Positions in Schedule E will be filled, when practicable, by selection from the Schedules A, B, C, D, F, or G, in the ordnance establishments of the United States, on tests of fitness recommended by the Chief of Ordnance, and approved by the Secretary of War and the Civil Servico Commission; but should no persons in the services mentioned be found suitable, the position will be filled after such a competitive examination as the Chief of Ordnance may recommend and the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission approve.
Schedule F shall include assistant machinist, assistant smith, forage master, assistant millwright, assistant piper, steam hammer driver, skilled laborer.
Positions in Schedule F will be filled from persons within the Schedules D, E, or G, if practicable, but should no person be found suitable in the Schedules D, E, or G, then the position will be filled from a register of eligibles to be certified by the Civil Service Commission in the order of standing on such register, with such additional tests of fitness as the Chief of Ordnance may recommend and the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission approve.
Schedule G will include messenger, guard, watchman.
Positions in Schedule G will be filled after a competitive examination similar to the examination of that grade in use by the United States Civil Service Commission.
Schedule H will include machinist’s helper, carpenter's helper, blacksmith’s helper, machine attendant, shoptender, laborer, packer, furnace helper, boiler tender, oiler, tool keeper, sweeper, molder's helper, smith's helper.
All positions below tho classified service, or positions filled by persons merely employed as laborers or workmen, will be within Schedule H, and may bo filled upon tests of fitness recommended by the Chief of Ordnance and approved by the Secretary of War.
Positions included under the term “piecework” will be distributed as far as possible under such schedules as the commanding officer may determine.
Promotions may be mado from one class to another class within a schedule upon such tests of fitness, approved by the Civil Service Commission, as the Secretary of War may determine, subject to the provisions of Rule XI of the civil-service rules.
An efficiency record will be kept in each of the ordnance establishments of the United States, and the commanding officer shall have the power to reduce an employee from one class to a lower class or from one schedule to a lower schedule in case the employce does not attain and maintain the minimum rate of efficiency fixed for such class or schedule, subject to the approval of the Chief of Ordnance and the Secretary of War; but transfers from a lower class to a higher class or from a lower schedule to a higher schedule will be made only in accordance with these regulations.
No officer will dismiss, or cause to be dismissed, or make any demand to procuro the dismissal of, or in any manner change the official rank or compensation of any person in the Ordnance Department at large because of his political or religious opinions or affiliations.
The provisions of the civil-service act relative to political assessments will be strictly observed.
These regulations may be modified at any time on the recommendation of the Chief of Ordnance, approved by the Secretary of War and the Civil Service Commission. · These regulations shall take effect on and after February 20, 1897.
D. W. FLAGLER,
Brigadier-General, Chief of Ordnance.
Assistant Secretary of War.
JOHN R. PROCTER,
ADOPTION OF NAVY-YARD REGULATIONS.
RESOLUTION OF THE COMMISSION.
Whereas the enforcement by the Secretary of the Navy of regulations governing the employment of labor at navy-yards having been shown to be highly useful, and it being important that they should be given stability independent of changes of Administration, and it appearing that the examinations and other tests of fitness provided by these regulations are based on the principles that personal fitness should prevail over recommendation, and that political influenco should be disregarded, it is
Ordered, That these regulations be, and they are hereby, adopted as the regulations of this Commission under the authority conferred by clause 1 of Rule 1.Minutes of July 29, 1896, clausc 4.
The regulations of the Navy Department governing the employment of labor at navy-yards having been adopted by the Civil Service Commission as a regulation of the Commission, July 29, 1896, under the authority conferred by clause 1, Rule I, of the Revised Civil Service Rules of May 6, 1896, it is hereby ordered that no modification of the existing regulations shall be made without the approval of the Civil Service Commission.
GROVER CLEVELAND. EXECUTIVE MANSION, November 2, 1896.
NAVY-YARD ORDER NO. 23
[Revised November 16, 1895.]
Employment of labor at navy-yards.
Washington, D. C., November 16, 1895. In order more effectually to carry out the letter and spirit of the following provisions of the Revised Statutes, namely
SEC. 1544. Labor shall be employed in the several navy-yards by the proper officers in charge with reference to skill and efficiency, and without regard to other considerations.
SEC. 1546. No officer or employee of the Government shall require or request any workingman in any navy-yard to contribute or pay any money for political purposes, nor shall any workingman be removed or discharged for political opinion; and any officer or employee of the Government who shall offend against the provi. sions of this section shall be dismissed from the service of the United States.
SEC. 1754. Persons honorably discharged from the military or naval service by reason of disability resulting from wounds or sickness incurred in the line of duty, shall be preferred for appointments to civil offices, provided they are found to possess the business capacity necessary for the proper discharge of the duties of such ofiices.
SEC. 1755. In grateful recognition of the services, sacrifices, and sufferings of persons honorably discharged from the military and naval service of the country, by reason of wounds, disease, or the expiration of terms of enlistment, it is respectfully recommended to bankers, merchants, manufacturers, mechanics, farmers, and persons engaged in industrial pursuits to give them the preference for appointments to remunerative situations and employment. The annexed regulations are adopted and will go into effect on December 1, 1895.
H. A. HERBERT,
Secretary of the Navy.
NAVY-YARD ORDER NO. 23.
Employment of labor at navy-yards.
NAVY DEPARTMENT, November 16, 1895.
BOARD OF LABOR EMPLOYMENT.
1. The employment of laborers and mechanics at each of the navy-yards and stations shall be committed to a board consisting of three commissioned officers on duty at the station, to be called the “board of labor employment.” The board shall consist of the captain of the yard, or officer so acting, and the senior assistant, or, where there is no such assistant, the officer in charge, from each of the two departments which employ the largest number of men.
2. The board shall be responsible for the proper, effective, and impartial enforcement of these regulations, in accordance with the statutes (Rev. Stat., secs. 1544, 1546, 1754, 1755), and it shall be their duty to report in writing to the Commandant as soon as practicable any violations of these regulations of which they become cognizant.
3. The board shall make a report annually to the Department, by September 15, of each year, of their work for the preceding year, with such suggestions in relation thereto as may occur to them.
4. A commissioned officer shall be detailed as recorder for the board, and a writer shall be assigned to the recorder. It shall be the duty of the recorder to keep a
record of all meetings of the board of labor employment, to certify to the correctness of the records, to keep impartially the registration, index, and trade cards, and in general he shall be responsible for the accuracy of all entries, certifications, and other records of the work of the office. He shall be present at the meetings of the board, but shall not have a vote.
5. The recorder of the board, and in his absence the writer thereof, shall call the attention of the Commandant, and, if necessary, formally protest in writing against whatever he (the recorder or writer) considers an infraction of the regulations. In case the Commandant is in doubt as to what action should in such case be taken, the report will be referred at the earliest opportunity to the Department for its decision.
6. The writer is always to be present at the registration office during working hours, and all work done in the office shall be performed under the supervision of the board.
7. The office of the board of labor employment shall be open for the supplying of forms and information during the regular working hours of the yard on each working day of the year, and for the registration of applicants under Schedules A and B on each working day, during such hours as the Commandant may direct, according to the necessities of the service.
8. All applicants shall be registered in the order of their application, and 110 person shall be employed in Schedules A and B without registering with the board of labor employment as hereinafter provided for.
9. No person while employed in the yard will be admitted to registration, except as provided in paragraph 54.
10. No applicant shall be registered unless he furnishes satisfactory evidence that he is a citizen of the United States, or has served in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, and that his discharge or discharges therefrom were not dishonorable or for bad conduct.
11. Before entering the name of an applicant on the register, such further inquiry may be made in regard to his character and capacity as the board may deem practicable or expedient; and any applicant who has been convicted of crime, misdemeanor, or vagrancy may, in the discretion of the board, be refused registration.
12. In case an applicant is found, in the opinion of the board, unfit or in any way disqualified to perform the service which he seeks, his name shall not be entered on the register, and the reason therefor shall be indorsed on his application, signed by the recorder of the board, and filed as a permanent record.
13. The recorder shall note on each application a brief personal description of the applicant.
14. The prescribed certificates presented by each applicant shall be placed on file with his application in an envelope bearing his registration number. The applications and certificates under Schedules A and B shall be retained as a permanent record.
15. No certificates, other than those filed at the date of registration, shall be received or required subsequent to entry of the applicant's name on the register, except as provided in paragraph 54.
16. Any applicant for employment who gives a false name or residence, or presents false certificates, or secures registration or employment through false representations, shall be discharged, and his name permanently removed from the register, as soon as the fact is ascertained.
CLASSIFICATION OF THE FORCE.
17. The force is divided under four schedules, as follows: