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# The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton

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The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is.

Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion?
a) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the
past one hundred years
b) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders
c) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present
d) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act
e) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred
years of the Pendleton Act

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01 Nov 2009, 07:54
IMO E, as it covers all aspects related to competence of officers and also about corruption given in the final conclusion. Any other explanations for the OA??
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01 Nov 2009, 11:10
i chose C

also the OA on other forums says its C...where did you get your OA from?

a) irrelevant
b) irrelevant
c) data for corruption until present provides good measure, which is what would 'preserve this state in the new millennium
d) president assassination was a trigger but not the main reason for this act, its to stop corruption
e) we know that for the first 100 years the system 'anchored american government to competence rather than corruption'

so to preserve what is already known in the first 100 years, we need to know what happened after those 100 years, which is data between 1950 and present (c)
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01 Nov 2009, 13:19
my apologies to all..OA is indeed C..Source Manhattan GMAT
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C for me

E only mentions the %age of ppl convicted. The %age of convictions (high or low) does not give any indication of the competence levels (only conviction rates).

Ideally the evaluation should have been from 1883, but anyhow 1950 onwards still seeks to serve a purpose than no. of convictions.
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21 Mar 2011, 00:30
The answer is C, apply Variance Test as suggested by Powerscore CR.
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21 Mar 2011, 02:32
but why does C mention 1950? whts the significance? why do we need data only frm 1950...
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22 Mar 2011, 11:53
Hi Rohu27-

Answer choice C states "... government service between 1950 and the present"
So it's saying all data from 1950 to today.

Civil Service Act was passed in 1883
Arguement says "... For a hundred years, this system has anchored American..."

Knowing how the levels of competence and corruption in the US government have been in the last half of the 20th century would be of the most benefit in determining if Pendleton Act should be maintained in the new millenium.
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17 Jan 2014, 12:59

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