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The senator is particularly incensed over the kind of information are seeking from their subordinates by way of detailed forms and qr
The government, Ervin complains, is inquiring far too impro worker's relationship with his family, his sex life, his creditors, financial interests and his race, religion and national origin. And The questionnaires attempt to find out how much an employe will gi if he is investing part of his salary in government savings bonds, if part in outside community activities and if he is supporting social & policies and legislation backed by the administration.
“Case after case of intimidation, of threats of loss of jobs or se ance were brought to our attention in connection with bond sales ment charity drives,” Ervin points out.
He tells of the case of a government engineer who was ordered by officer to take disciplinary action against 25 professional employes neer's office who resented being forced to disclose information ab and financial matters concerning themselves and their families.
In other cases some government workers have been told to lobby councils for fair housing ordinances, to supply flower and grass se tification projects and to paint other people's houses.
Ervin says nobody is being fooled when a directive is passed o that the President and the head of a particular agency would be pleas ment workers participate in certain projects close to the administri
Every supervisor, Ervin asserts, immediately interprets this as to produce evidence of some employe participation. And being the sonnel specialists they are their subordinates throughout the cour follow suit.
Congress, the senator explains, has worked hard over the years t Federal civil service and merit system since passage of the Pend 1883.
"But in the process,” the senator asks, "have we built an org efficiency-oriented, and so systematized, that it lacks a place of e moral values in its dealing with its employes and applicants for el
[From the Herald News, Passaic, N.J., Jan. 10, 1967]
THAT SAVINGS BOND PITCH A sales message presented by Uncle Sam on the radio tells about a soldier, mentioned by name, rank and home town, who is serving It concludes with the statement that he is buying U.S. savings boni works. Are you?”.
This brings up the unpleasant subject of the pressure being pu government employes, including men in the armed forces, to buy bonds. In Vietnam, for example, we are informed by Overseas Wee Marine general sent his U.S. savings bond salesmen to interview fighting holes” and to keep track of patrols "so that every indivių opportunity to hear how he could invest his money."
The Wall Street Journal says that employes of the National Scie tion have been told to be "prudent and intelligent” and to sign up fo For the hesitant, the notice asks: "Or are you a rebel without a cause a little attention?"
This is the sort of thing that prompted U.S. Sen. Ervin of North comment:
"The truth is that 'voluntary' savings bond programs conducted by Department and other agencies are as voluntary as the tides of the mands of the moon, or-in language better understood by the milit: untary as the response expected to the 'greetings' from the Army to
The citizen in private employment should not take the attitude the on the federal payroll will have to fight his own battles. If the gove away with putting the screws on everyone on its payroll, including Vietnam foxholes, it could be encouraged to extend its pressures ernment should the need to sell savings bonds become desperate.
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