Recommendations for White House staff salary increases will be given to President Carter "probably at the end of this week," presidential counsel Robert Lipshutz said yesterday.
Lipshutz said the recommendations will affect the pay of aides in Executive Levels II - which includes his job - and below. He said he could not give any details "because the recommendations have not been made yet."
As a matter of law salary increases for top White House aides - those in Executive Level II - could not exceed 28.9 per cent - $13,000 - Lipshutz said. That ceiling was fixed by Congress Feb. 20 when it accepted a $13,000 increase - from $44,600 to $57,500 - recommended by the Commission on Executive, Legislative and Judicial Salaries.
All members of Congress are in Executive Level II. Their salary increase, as well as those of supergrade Civil Service employees (GS-16 and higher), took effect March 1.
The White House pay raises cannot go into effect without President Carter's approval.
United Press International reported yesterday that about 50 White House aides will receive salary increases ranging up to 29 per cent. UPI based its report on "informed sources" who said President Carter was almost certain to approve the pay proposal.
Lipshutz would neither confirm nor deny the substance of that report. He simply said: "I think that story is jumping ahead of itself. It's premature."
However, another White House source said the pay increase recommendations to Carter for White House aides "will be as high as 29 per cent," the source said. "He (Carter) is not going to take the (pay) commission's recommendations and say, 'Approve them in a blanket way.' He is taking a careful, meticulous look at the salaries of his people."
The source could not say how much less of an increase will be recommended for White House aides.
Other Executive Level II jobs that would be affected by the pay recommendations include those of Zbigniew Brezinski, national security affairs adviser; Stuart Eizenstat, policy and domestic affairs adviser; Frank Moore, White House congressional liaison, and White House press secretary Jody Powell.