Executive Order 367
With a view to further increasing the efficiency of the Consular Service by extending the method now employed for ascertaining the qualifications possessed by candidates for appointment in that service:
It is hereby ordered that the Executive Order of September 20, 1895, in regard to examinations for the Consular Service be and it is hereby amended and extended to include all consulates general, consulates, commercial agencies and consular agencies, the annual compensation of which is not less than $1,000. Said order therefore will read as amended as follows:—
It being of great importance that the consular officers of the United States shall possess the proper qualifications for their respective positions to be ascertained either through a satisfactory record of previous actual service under the Department of State or through an appropriate examination:
It is hereby ordered that any vacancy in a consulate general, consulate, commercial or consular agency now or hereafter existing the salary of which is not less than $1,000, or the compensation of which, if derived from official fees, exclusive of notarial and other unofficial receipts, does not fall below $1,000, shall be filled (a) by a transfer or promotion from some other position under the Department of State of a character tending to qualify the incumbent for the position to be filled; or (b) by appointment of a person not under the Department of State but having previously served thereunder to its satisfaction in a capacity tending to qualify him for the position to be filled; or (c) by the appointment of a person who, having furnished satisfactory evidence of character, responsibility, and capacity, and being thereupon selected by the President for examination, is found upon such examination to be qualified for the position.
For the purposes of this order notarial and unofficial fees shall not be regarded, but the compensation of an office shall be ascertained, if the office is salaried, by reference to the last preceding appropriation act, and if the office is not salaried, by reference to the returns of official fees for the last preceding fiscal year.
The examination hereinbefore provided for shall be by a Board of three persons designated by the Secretary of State who shall also prescribe the subjects to which such examinations shall relate and the general mode of conducting the same by the Board.
A vacancy in a consulate will be filled at discretion only when a suitable appointment can not be made in any of the modes indicated in the second paragraph of this order.
The White House,
- November 10th, 1905.