Chaffetz asks OPM if federal employees get paid what they deserve

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wants to know whether federal employees’ pay matches up with what they deserve.

In a letter to acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert, Chaffetz asked for a wide swath of information on federal workers’ compensation for the past five years.

“To better understand the state of the federal workforce, the Committee is examining federal employees’ compensation and benefits to ensure that federal employees are properly compensated based on their work and performance,” the letter said.

The letter’s request for information includes:

  • The average annual federal pay raise, both as a dollar amount and percentage
  • The number and percentage of federal workers who received awards or bonuses each year
  • The average yearly pay increase for federal employees on the General Schedule pay scale
  • The number of employees in the Senior Executive Service who received a pay raise or bonus
  • The number and percentage of federal employees who earned more than $100,000 or $150,000 in fiscal 2015

Chaffetz cited a 2011 letter from former OPM Director John Berry to former House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as the last time the agency updated its statistics on federal civilian employment.

The letter requested information from OPM by March 7.


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