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

Government Executive | February 25, 2019

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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