FSC: Locality pay recs

Federal employee pay remains well behind that of their private-sector counterparts, according to the most recent analysis. The Federal Salary Council recently issued new compensation recommendations.

Last year, feds earned about 22% less than their private sector counterparts, according to the newly reconstituted Federal Salary Council (FSC)

The exact proportion of the federal lack compared with the private sector counterparts—22.47% in 2021—represents a very small improvement for civil servants compared with the 23.11% average pay deficit reported in 2020.

The advisory council, which examines issues related to federal employee compensation, this month calculated that average shortfall. It also issued suggested measures to reform locality pay at federal agencies, after treading water over years of gridlock among its members.

As reported by GovExec, last year FSC was unable to make the salary suggestions that are a key part of its mission, because the panel was short three members—the Biden White House had not yet made the needed new appointments.

Each year, FSC examines whether to add specific regions to the list of locality pay areas based on pay disparity data in those locations.

The council has recommended that a number of regions that are surrounded by locality pay areas yet remain listed generically as being in the “Rest of U.S.” pay area be added to those existing locality pay areas. For example, the panel recommends Emporia and Greensville County, Va., be added to Richmond’s locality pay area; Huron County, Mich., join Detroit; and Pacific and San Juan counties, Wash., be linked to Seattle.

FSC also issued long-delayed recommendations on longstanding issues that were debated for years, but never were resolved because of perpetual disagreement between the council’s union representatives and administration representatives appointed by former President Trump.

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