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Federal Employees News Digest : May 20, 2013
Cox maintained that most DOD employees “live paycheck-to-paycheck, and are barely able to pay their bills with- out the additional challenge of furloughs.” “ The administration’s decision to impose such enormous economic pain on its own workforce, while continuing to lavish billions in new and unneces- sary spending on wealthy contractors, is utterly shameful,” he said. To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16002 (Hagel) or http://afge.org/Index.cfm?Pa ge=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1489 (Cox). OPM to develop pay gap strategy President Obama has directed the Office of Personnel Management to develop a government-wide strategy for addressing any gender pay gap in the federal workforce. A May 10 memorandum to agency and department heads outlined details of the directive. “While salary ranges in the federal workforce are generally determined by law, the fixing of individual salaries and other types of compensation can be affected by the exercise of administra- tive discretion,” the memo stated. “Such discretion must be exercised in a trans- parent manner, using fair criteria and adhering to merit system principles, which dictate that equal pay should be provided for work of equal value.” According to the memo, the new strategy OPM develops must include an analysis of whether changes to the General Schedule would help address a gender pay gap; offer proposed guid- ance to promote greater transparency regarding starting salaries; and include recommendations concerning any additional administrative or legislative actions or studies that may be required to narrow any gender pay gap. OPM has six months to deliver the plan. To aid OPM’s development of the strategy, the memo directs agencies and departments to provide OPM with information on and analysis of all agen- cy-specific policies and practices that may affect a gender pay gap, including those used to set starting salaries for new employees; those that may affect the salaries of individuals returning to the work after extended time off to care for children or other family members; those used to evaluate individuals for promotions—particularly individuals who work part-time schedules—and any others that may affect pay equality. The memo also asks agencies to report any best practices they have used to improve gender pay equality. Agencies have 90 days to provide OPM with the required information and analysis. Ongoing effort The administration has tackled the FedCentral • Job Listings • Government Contacts • Links to Discount Sites for Feds • Chart of the Month • And more! Visit FedCentral now! http://federaldaily.com/pages/fedcentral.aspx your federal employee resource! May 20, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 42 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 5 continued on page 7
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