More than 8,000 people now rated eligible for senior-level federal jobs at the $30,000 and $26,000 pay ranges of Grades 14 and 15 are being notified they will lose their eligibility status in mid-August.
Under the system would be federal workers and people already in government earn eligibility for the jobs based on their previous work experience and education.
The eligibility rating is something like a hunting license. It means that those individuals can be hired by agencies who need them. Getting an eligibility rating does not guarantee anyone a job, but individuals must have such a rating in most cases to be seriously considered for Grade 14 and 15 positions.
The Civil Service Commission will formally announce the end of the present eligibility rating system sometime this week.
After Aug. 14, persons, interested in jobs at the Grade 14 and 15 level will begin applying directly to the agency where the want to work, instead of dealing primarily with CSC.
Demotion Protection; The House Post Office Civil Service Committee has added "no fault" job downgrading language to President Carter's civil service reform bill. The job insurance plan by Chairman Robert N. C. Nix (D Pa.) would protect the grade and salary of employes whose jobs are reduced in grade because of reorganization, or because of previous classification mistakes.
CIA and NSA Exemptions: The House committee has also agree to exempt both the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency from the civil service reform package.
Combined Federal Campaign: Federal-military personnel gave $79.5 million in last fall's fund-raising campaign. That is an 11 percent increase over 1976.
Retiree Raises: Federal-military retirees are due a minimum 3.9 percent annuity increase next September. That's the amount indicated because of the level reached by the Consumer Price Index for the month of May. If the CPI for June (data available later this month) goes up, the retiree raise with go up accordingly.
Disability Compensation: Federal and postal workers receiving compensation payments for a long-term disability or job-related illness have been given a 5.3 percent cost-of-living raise. The increase is retroactive in May 1 and should show up in checks received the August or September.
U.S. Postal Service: The USPS Board of Governors meets Thursday. One of the big items on the agenda is discussion of "strategies and positions" in the on-going bargaining talks with postal unions.
The contract between the postal service and its 500,000 union workers expires July 20. Unions are demanding a two-year contract that includes a no-layoff pledge, 14 percent pay raise and strengthened work rules to protect jobs. USPS officials say they must have the right to reduce employment when necessary.
Pay Sahakeup Plan: The Federal Times reports that the Carter adminstration will send a new blue-collar, white-collar pay-fixing package to Congress early next year. One proposal would trim at leat two longevity steps from the blue-collar pay schedule, something first proposed under the Ford administration.
White-collar federal workers, under the plan, would be taken off a nation-wide pay scale. Instead, clerical, technical and administration personnel up through Grade 9 would be put under area wage system, with salaries tied to the going rate in local industry.
Under a system like that - first proposed by former vice president Nelson Rockefeller - federal employes in many small towns would get more modest raise in future, since many of them are "overpaid" compared to their industry couterpart. Some big city government workers could be in for higher pay if tied to the going rate for clerical jobs in the city.