White-collar federal workers would be guaranteed a 3 percent raise in January and be allowed to get scheduled longevity increases, and retirees would get a 1987 cost-of-living adjustment under the budget that the House takes up this week.

The Senate already has approved a budget for fiscal 1987 calling for a federal pay raise tied to the inflation rate. This currently is running below 3 percent a year. The Senate also would delay for a year all length-of-service raises, also worth 3 percent, scheduled for about half the federal work force next year.

Most federal employes, except those in the 10th step of their grade, get regular length-of-service raises. The increases are in addition to any general pay raise and come every one, two or three years, depending on time in grade. Congress canceled the regular pay raises that are due U.S. workers this year, but did not block longevity increases. The Senate budget would delay them for one year. The budget package that the House will consider allows those step increases to continue on schedule.

Reps. Mike Barnes (D-Md.) and Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) persuaded the Democratic Caucus to reject the Senate pay plan. They also added language to the report urging the Social Security Administration not to cut employment. The SSA, which has more than 30,000 workers in the Baltimore area, has drawn up plans to cut its nationwide staff as much as 20 percent during the next five years.

Flemming Awards

The Downtown Jaycees presented the Arthur S. Flemming awards last week for outstanding public service. The annual awards were set up to honor civilian and military personnel for significant contributions, ranging from drug abuse programs to scientific achievement, to the government and their communities.

Winners were: T/Sgt. Richard Hernandez of the Defense Communications Agency; Harry S. Hertz and Stephen R. Leone, National Bureau of Standards; Ronald F. Lipp, Connie J. Boatright and Richard L. Roudebush of the Veterans Administration; Frances Evelyn Phillips, Enviromental Protection Agency; James D. Whitten, U.S. Information Agency; John R. DeLoach and Kevin B. Hicks, Agriculture, and Dr. Daniel R. Weinberger, National Institute of Mental Health.

Meetings

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees Silver Spring Chapter meets May 27 at 1 p.m. at the Schweinhaut Senior Citizens Center in Silver Spring. For details, call Gerald Gillman at 681-7269.

NARFE's Wheaton-Glenmont Chapter will have a dinner meeting May 27 at the Forest Glen Senior Center. Call Bea Rosen at 942-9176.

The American Society for Public Administration's capital chapter is having a career seminar May 20, starting at 8 a.m., at George Washington University. Call Elisabeth Handley at 472-5270.

Southern Comfort

When he spoke at the recent University of Florida commencement, 1966 graduate Mark S. Fowler, now chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said:

"If somebody had told me I'd be called by President Reagan to oversee the FCC, that I'd spend years in negotiations the world over, that I'd oversee the breakup of the world's largest phone company and become involved with the intricacies of the three great TV networks -- if somebody had told me that all of that would happen after I left Florida, my reaction would have been: Of course! I'm a Gator! Why not?"