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OPM Director Berry furious over federal pay editorial

OPM Director Berry furious over federal pay editorial

OPM Director John Berry

Dorothy Ramienski | Internet Editor | FederalNewsRadio

March 15, 2010

The editorial also brings up federal salaries. As Federal News Radio told you on The Daily Debrief, a recent article in USA Today compared salaries of federal employees to their counterparts in the private sector and found that, on average, feds make more.

Berry said he doesn’t think the salary comparison was fair and that The Washington Times referenced a report from the CATO Institute, which he thinks has an anti-government slant.

“All of the facts are comparing the wrong things. I thought Director Orszag’s statements this week were directly on point. [Orszag] is a professional economist. He’s a heck of a lot smarter than I am. He said very clearly, when education and age are held constant, the entire difference in the average pay between the federal and private sector absolutely disappears.”

He said that he thinks that some of the anger against the federal government and federal employees stems from the fact that many are facing difficult times across the country right now.

He added that he wants to set the record straight — federal employees are hard workers and very generous people.

“Over $6 billion has been raised through the Combined Federal Campaign. It’s an incredible example. It’s the largest workplace charitable giving effort in the world. It shows you that federal employees are big-hearted people. They are working hard. They’re working hard to serve our country, to serve our nation and to serve their neighbors.”

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