Federal Employees: Overpaid or Underpaid?

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Federal benefits are generally better than benefits offered in the private sector. This accounts for much of the disparity between federal and private sector compensation according to the CBO.

Feds Are Overpaid… Or Not

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Are federal employees paid more than their private sector counterparts? It’s a debate that has been raging for years with no clear answers. The author discusses the latest twist in the salary debate: a report from the Cato Institute which says federal workers are paid far more generously than private sector workers. He says that while the report is mostly inaccurate, there is more to the story.

Locality Pay for Feds: How Is Your Paycheck Impacted?

How much of a difference will locality pay make in your paycheck? This article compares actual locality pay to the “target pay gap” in each locality pay area and how it impacts the salary levels for hundreds of thousands of federal employees.