The Washington Post

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 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.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
What can babies teach students?
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Play Videos
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
Is fencing the answer to brain health?
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
How a hacker group came to Washington
The woman behind the Nats’ presidents ‘Star Wars’ makeover
How hackers can control your car from miles away
Play Videos
Philadelphia's real signature sandwich
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Europe's migrant crisis, explained
Next Story
Josh Hicks · December 6, 2012

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.