Executive Order 10869

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Whereas the appointment of postmasters to fourth-class post offices is controlled in part by regulations approved by the President on November 25, 1912, as amended by Executive Orders No. 1778 of May 7, 1913, No. 4124 of January 12, 1925, No. 9769 of August 14, 1946, No. 10017 of November 10, 1948, and No. 10337 of April 3, 1952; and

Whereas it is in the interest of efficiency of operation that the regulations governing the appointment of postmasters of the fourth class be revised and incorporated into the Civil Service Rules as hereinafter set forth:

Now, Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by section 1753 of the Revised Statutes (5 U.S.C. 631), by the Civil Service Act of January 16, 1883 (22 Stat.  403), and by section 301 of title 3 of the United States Code, it is ordered as follows:

Section 1.Section 2.1 of Civil Service Rule II, as prescribed by Executive Order No. 10577 of November 22, 1954, is hereby amended by adding thereto a new subsection (c) reading as follows:

‘‘(c) Whenever the Civil Service Commission (1) is unable to certify a sufficient number of names to permit the appointing officer to consider three eligibles for appointment to a fourth-class postmaster position in accordance with the regular procedure, or (2) finds that a particular rate of compensation for fourth-class postmaster positions is too low to warrant regular competitive examinations for such positions, it may authorize appointment to any position or positions in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed by the Commission. Persons appointed under this subsection may acquire competitive status subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period prescribed by the Commission.’’

Sec. 2.The following-designated Executive orders and regulations are hereby revoked:

Executive Order No. 982 of November 30, 1908;
Executive Order No. 1624 of October 15, 1912, governing the appointment of postmasters of the fourth class;
Executive Order No. 1776 of May 7, 1913;
Executive Order No. 1778 of May 7, 1913;
Executive Order No. 2119 of January 12, 1915;
Executive Order No. 4124 of January 12, 1925; and
Executive Order No. 10337 of April 3, 1952.

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The White House,
March 9, 1960.


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