Andrew Biggs

  • Federal pay debate heads back to Capitol Hill this week

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will examine a recent Congressional Budget Office report Thursday morning, which says government spends 17 percent more compensating its employees compared to the private sector.

  • Gov’t spends 17 percent more on feds’ compensation than private sector, CBO says

    Federal employees with a high school diploma or less earn 53 percent more in total compensation than their counterparts in the private sector, while federal workers with a bachelor’s degree earn 21 percent more, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. In contrast, federal employees with a professional degree or doctorate earn 18 percent less than their counterparts in the private sector.

  • Will federal pay freeze rear its head again?

    With the House postponing a vote on extending the federal pay freeze, feds are back on course to get a slight pay increase in March — for the first time in two years. But Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an expert on public-sector compensation, says that the pressing budget issues the government faces means the issue of federal pay probably isn’t going anywhere.

  • In Depth interviews – Feb. 1

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • NTEU survey finds broad public support for vital federal programs

    A new survey from the National Treasury Employees Union finds two-thirds of Americans said Congress should raise taxes on the country’s wealthiest citizens before cutting vital public services. However, others say the survey didn’t ask the right questions.

  • In the federal pay debate, 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2

    Researchers are struggling to agree on the best method for comparing public and private sector compensation. Some analysts say the use of differing methods results in wildly varied conclusions.