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OPM hides salary info on more than 200k feds

Lawmakers are questioning the Office of Personnel Management on why it has not revealed the salaries of more than 200,000 federal employees.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, as well as other committee members from both parties, sent a letter to OPM Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan demanding information on the withheld data.

The letter cited a government watchdog group’s efforts over the last 11 years to promote government transparency by posting online the names, titles, agencies, salaries and bonus information for all federal employees.

This year, the group, Open the Books, was denied the salary information of 254, 839 federal employees.

“OpenTheBooks.com, summed up and posted online the salaries and bonus information for nearly every person employed in federal government agencies – a tally that mostly keeps growing and growing,” the group said in a statement its website, adding, “This year, our auditors filed our standard Freedom of Information Act request for the same information in fiscal year 2017 – and we got a big surprise.”

By comparison, the previous fiscal year, only 3,416 salaries were redacted.

According to the letter to McGettigan, the additional redactions have been attributed to a data release policy update and a finding by OPM that previous releases of salary information might not have followed protection guidelines.

“As a result, OPM has stated it will no longer release locality pay information and adjusted base pay information on the individual level for those positions and agencies in order to mitigate the concern of reverse engineering location data,” the letter stated, adding, “Either OPM has been in error for the last 11 years or it is now.”

The committee requests that OPM provide documentation by March 19 to explain the rational for the change as well as a briefing to follow.

Reader comments

Mon, Apr 2, 2018 Jacksonville, FL

They are probably not posting them because they are paying some people unfairly. All the Program Assistance are getting paid as GS7's and I'm singly kept at a GS6 level. They are probably doing this to other employees and don't want there to be an uproar about this. That's probably why.

Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Has there been no answer yet, as of March 26?

Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Why replace management minions. While there are a few great managers most are swamp dwelling pond scum who is out to make sure they get the large bonuses at the expense of workers by giving them marginal performance reviews and lame excuses that the resources are not available for promotions or bonuses to the workers who get the work done efficiently and on time. Management is worthless and should not be replaced!

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

These management sycophants know well that revealing their bonuses and salaries would stir the pot. They are govt employees just like the rest and nothing more. They need to all be fired. There should be no problem finding replacements.

Tue, Mar 20, 2018

The corrupt management minions who hide their slaries and bonues at the expense of hard working federal employees who do not get or get marginal bonuses and excuses why promotions are not available should be terminated because of their conntempt for civil service rules. Drain the swamp by releasing pond scum management! Less management a more productive effective work force.

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