Nation: Congress Moves-A Little

Action on civil service reform, hospital costs and ERA

With final adjournment only two months away, the pace of activity sped up in Congress last week. Among the results:

Civil Service Reform. To improve the federal bureaucracy's efficiency, Carter proposed that hiring and firing procedures be streamlined for the Government's 2.8 million civil service employees. For high-level bureaucrats, he also recommended greater use of salary incentives based on job performance. Last week the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee approved a bill, but only after it had been substantially rewritten under pressure from lobbyists for Government employees. The committee cut back the...

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