Legislative History

Legislative History of Civil Service Reform in America

CSRA History 2012

  • 1881: President James Garfield is assassinated by a disgruntled office seeker who sought to take advantage of the patronage system
    • Vice President Chester A. Arthur becomes the 21st President
  • 1976: Jimmy Carter campaigns on civil service reform, wins the presidency
  • 1990: Congress amends the CSRA of 1978 to extend protections to employees in the excepted service