The Civil Service Commission is considering creation of special trainee jobs - paying from $26,000 to $36,000 a year - than would be earmarked for women being groomed for top management jobs in the government's central personnel agency.
Those special trainess positions are among a half-dozen programs CSC is developing for itself and as models for other federal agencies.
Directives are coming soon from CSC and the White House that will encourage federal departments to do more to increase their numbers of minority group members, and to upgrade many of those already in government.
President said his reorganization plan for the federal bureaucracy's personnel system will include major program and policy changes for the government's hiring and promotion system. "These proposals will have an impact on the employment and advancement of women, and that impact will receive thoughtful consideration" from the White House.
Carter said he would be getting regular reports from CSC about the progress agencies are making in raising the number of women in middle and top-grade jobs. He called on them to be "especially sensitive to the concerns of older women and the women from minority groups."
Two far-reaching proposals, which would require some legislative assent from Congress, are making their way through the CSC now.
One is the Personnel Management Project, known in government circles as the Ink task force after Dwight Ink who chaired it. Ink, on leave from American University, was a top federal official for nearly three decades, serving at Atomic Energy, HUD, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration.
The Ink task force has tentatively proposed a sharp cutback in veterans' preference laws which give special hiring benefits to veterans, as well as retention rights during layoffs. Women's groups traditionally have opposed lifetime benefits for veterans, since only about 1 per cent of the women in government are entitled to them.
CSC is putting the final touches on the Ink task force recommendations. These are expected to receive a strong endorsement from CSC Chairman Alan Campbell, who sees Carters frequently on personnel matters.
The second CSC project is the brain child of a vice chairman Jule Sugarman. He worked closely with Carter in Georgia, and started out in government as a management intern at CSC where he is now the member two policy official.
Sugarman's proposals would require federal agencies to set numericals or percentage goals for increasing the number of minority group members. Some of them - and they include women, minorities, the 40-plus group, the handicapped and Vietnam veterans - would be hired outside the regular civil service merit process, given special training and two'year probation periods to prove themselves, and then be converted to career civil service status.
The trainee jobs for women at Grades 13 and 15 (26,022 to $36,171) would groom them for top management appointments.
Women hold 43 per cent of all white collar federal jobs. But they make up 73 per cent of all employees in Grades 1 through 6, the lowest paying jobs in government and only 28 per cent of the employees in Grades 7 through 12 are women.
Goddard Space Flight Center: Jan. 20 will be the last day of work for at least 50 NASA technicians who are being laid off. NASA has 3,600 federal workers at the Greenbelt center and about 150 will be affected - either in reassignments or by demotions - from the cutback which NASA says is the result of major mission changes.
Alan K. Campbell, head of the Civil Serivce Commission, is the luncheon speaker Thursday at the National Association of Government Communicators meeting at the Flagship. Reporters will have a chance to ask Campbell questions. It starts at 11:30 a.m.
NAGC's local chapter will have its first annual holiday get-together Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Capital Yacht Club. Refreshments and 30s and 40s music. It is open to all press, publications and advertising people in the area. Call Karen Walker at 296-5772, or Bill Webb at 522-5678.