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CDC leader requests pay cut

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., the Director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has asked for a reduction in his pay, just one week after questions were raised about why he was earning so much, the Associated Press reports.

According to the article, Redfield had been set to earn $375,000 a year, which is $150,000 more than any previous CDC director has received, and well above the salary of other top federal health officials — including his own boss, Secretary Alex Azar of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

On April  26, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote a letter to Azar questioning how the decision was made to pay Redfield the higher salary, and by April 30, Redfield requested a cut to his pay, stating that the issue has become a distraction, the report notes, adding that although a top HIV researcher, Redfield has no experience working in public health or managing a public health agency.

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