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Federal pay gap widens ... again

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 4 reported to the Federal Salary Council that the gap between federal and private-sector pay has increased to 26.3 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 4 reported to the Federal Salary Council that the gap between federal and private-sector pay has increased to 26.3 percent, according to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Last year BLS reported a wage gap of 24 percent.

The council, which consists of labor and pay policy experts, as well as representatives of employee organizations that represent large numbers of General Schedule employees, submits locality pay recommendations to the President’s Pay Agent. As part of that process, the council compares federal and private-sector pay.

NFFE President William R. Dougan said that the news that feds are falling further behind on pay comes as “no surprise.”

“Federal employees have known for years that lower pay was one of the many sacrifices they made by choosing to serve their country,” Dougan said in a statement. “This may however come as a surprise to those in Congress calling for draconian cuts to federal pay and benefits as a means to ‘bring federal compensation more in line with the private sector.’”

The findings are at odds with a number of reports released over the past year, many of them commissioned by conservative think tanks, which claim that federal pay outpaces private-sector pay.

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