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Justice Department

To Create Center

For Missing Children

President Reagan last week announced that the Justice Department will provide $3.3 million for the creation of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The center, which is being developed by the Justice Department's office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, will help educate parents on how to prevent abductions and runaways, assist parents of missing children, and provide technical assistance to local law-enforcement agencies in their efforts to locate missing children, Mr. Reagan said.

President Reagan announced the grant during an April 5 speech before the New York State Federation of Catholic School Parents. (See page 12 for excerpts.) Justice Department officials, who declined to comment on the center, said they plan to make further information available next week.

Pay-Equity Bills

Are Introduced

In the Congress

The concept of "pay equity," or the comparable worth of various jobs, would be advanced in the federal government and the private sector under two bills introduced recently by Representative Mary Rose Oakar, Democrat of Ohio.

The pay-equity act of 1984 would require the Labor Department, the Justice Department, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to report to the President and the Congress on their actions in the field of pay equity, said Cathy Straggas, a spokesman with the House Compensation and Employee Benefits Subcommittee. The bill would also require that the eeoc provide information to private-sector employers on the evaluation and equitable compensation of jobs.

The second bill--the federal employee pay-equity act--would require that the Office of Personnel Management conduct a study of the federal employee system to evaluate its equity, Ms. Straggas said.

Earlier this month, at hearings on the bills, relatives of the Democratic Presidential candidates praised their candidates' dedication to equal pay for women. Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum, testified that the comparable-worth concept is unfair to the traditional family.

Vol. 03, Issue 29

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