WHCF Subject File - PE: Personnel Management (Civil Service)

According to the White House Central Files manual, this category was for "material pertaining to the general subject of Federal government employees and the Federal Civil Service such as the merit system, investigations, standards, personnel activities, incentive awards program and separations."

Specific exceptions are: discrimination in employment (see HU); employment assistance to non-Federal personnel (see LA); endorsements or appointments to top Federal positions (see FG); individual employees (see Alphabetical Name File); inventions and patents by government employees and members of the armed forces (see BE); medals and awards (see MA); military service personnel (see ND); veterans, except PE 2-2 (see VA); and White House employees (see WH or FG).


PE: Personnel Management
Executive 575 pp. / General 45 pp.
General material on federal government employment including presidential memos to heads of departments and agencies. Includes memoranda concerning equal employment opportunities, position classification, the IPA Intergovernmental Assignment Program, and abuse in the Civil Service Merit System.

PE 1: Employees Relations - Activities
Executive 450 pp. / General 100 pp.
Primarily material on standards of conduct for federal employees, conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure; political activity and the Hatch Act; and federal labor-management relations, especially the question of collective bargaining rights.

PE 1-1: Blood Banks
Executive 25 pp. / General none
Material on federal employees participation in Red Cross blood drives.

PE 1-2: Political Activities - Hatch Act
Executive 100 pp. / General 25 pp.
Material on attempts to revise the Hatch Act and on its application to federal employees, particularly members of the White House Staff.

PE 1-3: Strikes - Work Stoppages - Arbitration
Executive 25 pp. / General 35 pp.
Correspondence concerning proposals to grant collective bargaining rights to federal employees, as well as material on the threatened postal strike in 1975.

PE 2: Employment - Appointments
Executive 2100 pp. / General 500 pp.
Material on presidential appointments and offers of assistance and information on questions of policy relating to federal civilian employment. Topics include employment opportunities for women, minorities, and the handicapped; summer student internships, including those at the White House; the Federal Summer Employment Program; and the White House Fellows Program. Also includes material on career-conditional appointments for cooperative education students, non-career appointments of agency regional directors, citizenship requirements for federal employees, revision to Standard Form 171, and federal civilian employment figures.

PE 2-1: Schedule C
Executive 1000 pp. / General 8 pp.
Primarily cross-references concerning non-career appointments in various federal departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. Also Executive Level and Boards and Commissions Vacancy Reports.

PE 2-2: Veterans
Executive 19 pp. / General 8 pp.
Material on federal hiring of Vietnam era veterans and veterans' preference in Civil Service employment.

PE 3: Fair Employment
Executive 100 pp. / General 50 pp.
Material on federal employment opportunities for women and minorities.

PE 4: Health - Safety
Executive 200 pp. / General none
Material on occupational safety and health programs for federal employees.

PE 5: Hours of Duty
Executive 1 p. / General 5 pp.
Correspondence discussing the relationship between productivity and the number of employee hours worked.

PE 6: Insurance
Executive 2 pp. / General none
Two cross-references regarding federal insurance matters.

PE 6-1: Health (Hospitalization - Medical)
Executive 1 p. / General 1 p.
Two cross-references concerning health benefits for federal employees.

PE 6-2: Life
Executive none / General 13 pp
Material relating to life insurance benefits for federal employees..

PE 7: Investigations
Executive 30 pp. / General 2 pp.
Material on employee background investigations and congressional committee investigations, primarily cross-references.

PE 8: Leave
Executive 75 pp. / General 25 pp.
Material on the question of granting administrative leave to government employees during the Christmas and Fourth of July holidays and to Olympic athletes during competitions. Also memoranda on vacation plans of White House staff members.

PE 9: Nepotism
There are no materials filed in this category.

PE 10: Payrolls - Deductions
Executive 6 pp. / General none
Cross-references concerning federal pay raises, the garnishment of wages, and deductions for savings bonds and Social Security.

PE 11: Retirement System and Pay
Executive 300 pp. / General 90 pp.
Material on Civil Service, CIA, and Foreign Service Retirement including correspondence and memoranda concerning cost of living adjustments, benefit levels, and mandatory retirement. Also material relating to legislation such as H. R. 13871, the Federal Employees Compensation Bill, S. 584 National Guard Technicians Retirement Bill, and bills granting early retirement benefits to non-Indian employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

PE 12: Salaries - Wages
Executive 650 pp. / General 100 pp.
Material on federal employees pay increases, including memoranda related to Ford's attempt to defer cost of living raises for three months in October 1975; comparability of federal pay with private sector wages; cost of living allowances and post differentials; and attempts to raise the ceiling on executive, judicial, and legislative salaries.

PE 12-1: Cabinet
Executive 1 p. / General none
A cross-reference concerning a pay increase for the Attorney General.

PE 12-2: Congressional
Executive 80 pp. / General 30 pp.
Correspondence and memoranda concerning pay increases proposed for members of Congress.

PE 12-3: Federal Civil Service Employees
Executive 850 pp. / General 110 pp.
Material on federal civilian salary matters including cost of living increases, cost of living allowances for certain geographic areas, downgrading, fringe benefits, the 1975 pay raise deferral, and pay scales for certain groups of employees such as deputy U.S. marshals, VA medical personnel, and air traffic controllers. Also memoranda and correspondence concerning the Federal Employees Compensation Act (H. R. 13871), the inclusion of certain positions in the Executive Schedule, and the 1975 report of the President's Panel on Federal Compensation, headed by Vice President Rockefeller.

PE 12-4: Judicial
Executive 100 pp. / General 6 pp.
Correspondence and memoranda concerning proposals to raise salaries of the federal judiciary.

PE 12-5: President
Executive 16 pp. / General 25 pp.
Material on the presidential salary and expense allowances, including proposals that the President take a pay cut as an example in the fight against inflation.

PE 12-6: Vice President
Executive 1 p. / General none
A cross-reference concerning pay adjustments.

PE 13: Separations
Executive 575 pp. / General 150 pp.
Material on resignations, transfers, dismissals, exemptions from mandatory retirement, and reductions-in-force, particularly those associated with the closing of U.S. military bases.

PE 14: Training - Orientation
Executive 1000 pp. / General 100 pp.
Primarily material on the White House Fellows Program, including applications, recruitment letters, and memoranda concerning activities for participants. Also items on other federal training programs such as the Federal Executive Development Program, Executive Orientation Programs, and the Executive Interchange Program.

PE 15: Travel - Moving Expenses - Per Diem
Executive 95 pp. / General 12 pp.
Material concerning increases in federal per diem and mileage rates and efforts to reduce travel costs of Civil Service employees.

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