Our post on the Federal Diary’s 80-year history yesterday looked at the column in the 1950s, at a time when members of Congress were fighting to give federal workers an across-the-board pay raise. In today’s reprinted column from the 1960s, the focus is more targeted: Agencies had requested the Civil Service Commission to boost salaries for a few professions in high demand, including scientists, engineers and “computer employees.”
Further down in the Nov. 28, 1966 column, Diarist Jerry Kluttz reports on inter-agency competition for 177 new jobs allocated by the CSC. They were expected to be granted to “HEW [Health, Education and Welfare], HUD and others that are most involved in carrying out the President’s Great Society programs.”
Of course, decisions about the federal workforce are seemingly never without controversy: “This has caused officials to ask if the Vietnam war and vital domestic programs aren’t as important as those launched by the Great Society,” Kluttz wrote.
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