age 2-Tuesday, September 12 1978-The Michigan Daily
House keeps hiring
for vets in civil service bill
WASHINGTON (AP)-The House
voted yesterday to leave intact most
civil service provisions that give hiring
advantages to veterans, voting to in-
clude only slight changes in President
Carter's civil service reorganizaion
The vote was a setback for Carter,
who had sought to make significant
changes in the veterans-preference
practice, but the administration con-
tinued to back the overall plan to
overhaul the civil service system.
HOUSE MEMBER voted 281 to 88 for
an amendment sponsored by Rep.
James Hanley (D-N.Y.) to make only
slight modifications in the, existing
veterans' preference system which
gives retired military service personnel
a lifetime advantage over other ap-
plicants for federal positions.
Earlier in the day, administration
forces hoping to budge the bill agreed to
push for Senate consideration this year
of separate Hatch Act changes to allow
more political activity by federal em-
In return, Rep. William Clay (D-Mo.)
and a few other Democrats displeased
about the civil service bill's lack of
Hatch Act revisions promised to drop
ministration of the revamped system.
Merit system principles are written
into the proposed law to limit the
political influence on the bureaucracy.
A Senior Executive Service would be
created for top-level government
The civil service
bill, which is one of
the. president's major domestic initiatives
and the centerpiece of his government re-
THE CIVIL service bill, which is one
of the president's major domestic
initiatives and the centerpiece of his
government reorganization drive,
abolishes the Civil Service Com-
mission. It would be replaced by a
Merit Systems Protection Board to
handle employee appeals and an Office
of Personnel Management for ad-
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managers. They would sacrifice some
job security for possible merit pay in-
A Federal Labor Relations Authority
would also be created and the amount
of permissible union bargaining would
HANLEY'S AMENDMENT would
cut back the use of preference for
retirees who had attained at least the
rank of major after 20 years in service,
and it would change to 30 percent from
50 percent the degree of disability
needed for noncompetitive appoin-
tment to federal jobs.
Opponents of his amendment said the
present system works to the disadvan-
tage of minoirities and women as well
as younger veterans, particularly those
of the Vietnam era.
Under present law, veterans are
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given preference by adding points to
their passing score on civil service
examinations. Disabled veterans get
more points, and the length of a
veteran's military service is also con-
AN AMENDMENT similar to
Hanley's was adopted by the Senate, so
there is virtually no chance veterans
preference cutbacks will emerge from
Congress during this election year.
Clay sought last week to attach a
proposal containing the Hatch Act
revision to the civil service bill. But his
move was bloced when the proposal
was ruled out of order and not germane
to the bill.
Although the administration supports
Hatch Act revisions, it opposed Clay's
maneuver. This opposition lead Clay Ito
accuse the administration and the
House leadership of using heavyhanded
President Carter succeeded in ap-
peasing Clay with his promise to inter-
cede with the Senate leadership on
behalf of the Hatch Act bill.
"I share your concern that the Senate
has not acted upon Hatch Act
legislation and intend to bring this con-
cern to the attention of the leadership
there," the president wrote.
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Kelly will make a statement later this
week on the legal technicalities of
which of the three proposals will take
precedence, assuming all three pass.
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