the civil service


: the part of a government that takes care of the government's basic business : the administrative part of a government
often used before another noun
a civil service employee
the civil service system

Examples of the civil service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, these groups have allies in the civil service, the judiciary, and the military. Renad Mansour, Foreign Affairs, 26 Mar. 2024 Cummings wanted to overhaul the civil service and Britain’s planning laws. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Legislation introduced last year by Rep. Gerry Connolly and Sen. Tim Kaine, both Virginia Democrats, would prevent employees from being reclassified out of the civil service without congressional approval. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Trump and the Supreme Court would likely be on the same page about some disputes, said Philip Gorski, a political sociologist at Yale University, such as his plan to purge the civil service. Angele Latham, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 Due-process procedures for the civil service are designed to protect the public by ensuring it is served by a nonpartisan, nonpolitical bureaucracy. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 The new Hong Kong-Europe fund is pitched as both a pilot and the second step in a government funding expansion, overseen by the venerable Film Development Council, a unit within the civil service. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 At the same time, the people who stuck it out, the professionals, the Foreign Service officers and the civil service officials, they should be rewarded as well because that was not an easy time. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Foreign Affairs, 23 Mar. 2021 But Democrats never succeeded in enacting legislation to strengthen protections for the civil service system as a matter of law. Jonathan Swan,, 15 Sep. 2023

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“The civil service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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