Testimony. Federal White-Collar Employee Salary Reform
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV
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GAO strongly endorses actions to reform federal white-collar employee pay-setting principles and processes. The salary comparability principle adopted in 1962 has been ineffective because increases necessary to maintain comparability with rates paid by nonfederal employers have not been granted for many years, and national average nonfederal salary rates used to determine comparability have little relevance to nonfederal rates in many localities where federal employees work. Also, the comparability principle does not consider the wide variances in the cost-of-living in different parts of the country. Noncompetitive salary rates are the major reason for federal recruitment and retention difficulties, especially in high-cost, high-paying localities.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations