Trump Administration Again Bashes Salary Council's Federal-Private Sector Pay Gap Calculation

Government Executive | February 25, 2019

Trump Administration Again Bashes Salary Council's Federal-Private Sector Pay Gap Calculation
For the second straight year, the President’s Pay Agent in its annual report cited “major methodological concerns” with how the council that makes federal employee compensation recommendations calculates the pay disparity between federal workers and their private sector counterparts. Last April, the Federal Salary Council found that federal employees on average earn 31.86 percent less than their counterparts in non-federal jobs. And in November, the council weighed a number of potential changes to how that figure is calculated, although objections from members representing labor groups prevented any recommendation from reaching the pay agent.

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Drinking water and wastewater utilities ensure that millions of Americans have clean and safe water.The cost for these services compared to other household bills is significantly lower.However, utilities face several threats from aging infrastructure, natural disasters and manmade events. You can help your water utilities by becoming aware of the threats they face, being prepared in the event of emergencies and supporting water system upgrades.

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