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§ 353. “All Officers of the Department.”

Where the department transferred is the whole of one of the great political departments—as, for instance, the department of posts, telegraphs and telephones—the interpretation of the term “all officers” presents no difficulty; it evidently includes every officer, whatever his tenure or the nature of his employment, from the permanent head of the department downwards; but not, of course, the political head. When the department ceases to exist as a “State Department,” the ministerial portfolio established by the State in connection with it must also cease to exist.




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Where the department transferred is a sub-department—as, for instance, the department of quarantine—it seems that only those officers who are exclusively officers of the sub-department will become subject to the control of the Commonwealth.

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