212. Memorandum From the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Equal Employment Opportunity (Prince) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management (Read)1
- Working Couples As of June 30, 1978
As promised in the July 25 meeting with WAO,2 with PER’s help we have updated the statistics on Working Couples—copy attached.
We are working with an imperfect data base because, among other problems, some working couples do not wish to be identified as such (except, I’m told, when assignment time comes). Accepting the possible flaws in our data, the number of working couples where both parties are in a State Foreign Service pay plan has risen from 113 on October 31, 1976 (our last known count) to 128 as of June 30, 1978. We also show three FS plan employees now married to State Civil Service employees where we showed none twenty months ago. The number of working couples where a State FS employee is married to someone in another agency has risen from 5 to 15 in the same period.
I have asked PER to work on improving our data base for future use. If the unidentified 15 individuals are in fact members of working couples, our statistics will go up by 15.[Page 887]