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The author offers some analysis on the debate over whether federal employees are paid too much or too little and says that neither side is going to concede to the other. He says that salary surveys are a waste and must be done differently for there to be any real conclusion on the debate.
OPM has issued a report on gender pay equality in the government based on a requirement imposed on the agency by the president. Here is a summary of the report. The result: More women are in professional positions than there used to be and the gender pay gap has gone down significantly.
Changes recently proposed to the GS pay system represent a difficult organizational change. Change is always resisted, especially when it is seen as a threat to future earnings and careers. The manufacturers of those old Victrolas no doubt also resisted change but change did occur.