The Federal Diary in the 1960s: A focus on the Great Society

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.

 



Jerry Kluttz also penned the columns we previously featured in the 1940s and 1950s.

We’d also like to hear from readers about their favorite Diary columns or otherwise memorable Diary moments. Write to federaldiary@washpost.com or leave your comments below.

Previously in this series: 1930s: No more primping; 1940s: A post-War transition shakeup; 1950s: Pay raise proposals galore;  The Federal Diary’s inaugural 1932 column

Sara is a producer and editor for mobile projects at the Washington Post.

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