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Mar 14, 2011



Interesting, but the perennial question of how compensation should be compared remains unanswered. Would share the following thoughts too. If we were to look at the airline industry, given the education, skills and experience required to be a pilot and the level of responsibility that comes with the job, we would expect that the profession be paid very attractive wages. Contrary to that expectation, we see that wages of pilots have dropped significantly and overall working conditions have worsened over the last decade or so as the airlines have struggled to remain profitable. The situations raises serious concerns about the threat to public safety. Would it be fair to pay pilots employed in government lower wages simply because the private sector has been unable to get its act together? Or should it be acknowledged that the skills required to be a pilot demand attaractive wages compared to many other professions?

Hubert Sparks

Inspectors General utilize contractors for many audits, including the high cost annual Financial Statement Audits required for each Department any many other reviews.My experience and continued belief is that contract reviews are far more expensive than in-house reviews based on various factors including salaries ($25-35 per hour for OIG staff auditor versus $60-90 for similar contracted auditors ) and increased OIG resource use if effective monitoring of contractor work is performed.Not withstanding contractor arguments that their costs include administrative overhead and employee benefits, for example, that OIGs also have to incur I believe the cost difference is substantial. The key point is I am not aware that there has ever been a meaningful cost comparison between in-house and contracted audit work. OIGs primary position, that also has merit, is that it is far easier to employ contract staff than permanent staff. While my base cost figures may be off it should not be difficult to obtain some information about OIG staff auditors average salaries and the hourly charges noted in some public accounting firms charges for staff auditors and overall costs.
Quality of work relative to contractor or OIG staff performance is another area that has not been seriously assessed but since I strongly believe all audit work can be substantially improved I am not in a position to render an opinion on this issue.

R Fisher

There will always be great difficulty in comparing pay for the same or different jobs. There would never be an "exact" formula that would establish " exactly" what a person's job is worth to the economy. Are auto assembly workers worth $80,000. an hour for what is generally classified as "laborers" ??? Does the high training, education or, job difficulty, work hazards, of lesser paid workers compare.

Are the outrageous salaries and bonuses of company CEO's etc. warranted by their contribution to the success and progress of the company. Did they really make that happen.

Lets have a Federal minimum wage of $ a million a years and see who gets hired and what products would cost.

Government agencies and Unions don't seem to understand that money is valued by the products and services that it produces. And for them, it isn't their money so why should they care ??? And they don't.


I am a federal employee and I am 100% curtain I am paid less than my private sector counterpart, and there is a private sector counterpart. I work for the DOD as a Quality Assurance Specialist. The private sector equivalent is often called a Supplier Quality Representative. I am so tired of hearing I make so much more that the private sector. I worked in the private sectot for 12 years before I took this job and it is 100% untrue. All things considered I would have to say it is fairly equal when you consider total compensation. I do now pay more for healthcare insurance, I do now pay into a pension, I do have TSP matching (401K) similar to the rates I enjoyed in the private sector. I do have a substantially lower wage than my counterpart. I do enjoy more security and a lot more job satisfaction (which has real value to me). The real problem with federal employee compensation is not the worker bees, it is the massive number of Senior Executive Service employees. There are so many you can throw a stone in any direction and it will hit 2 or 3. This drastically skews the average. For example, the location I work at has an O-6 and a GS-15 at the top of the organization when in reality there is only a need for the GS-15. In fact it was that way here for over a year and the place didn't stop running. Gates made some moves I read about today on Government Executive, where they announced eliminating a lot of the Generals and SES position and down-grading some of them to gain real cost savings. This is where the effort really needs to be, it is where the money is!!! I am not rich and working for the federal government I will never get rich. With that being said I didn't take the job to get rich. I am a veteran and I took the job because I have a direct impact on current service members survivability and quality of life. Apply your anger at the mismanaged and mismanaging top of the heap.

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