Compensation for IT Workers Gets Closer Look

WASHINGTON (04/20/2000) - The CIO Council soon will begin looking at how information technology compensation in the federal government compares with compensation in the private sector, and the resutlting recommendations could include a new pay scale for IT occupations.

The National Academy of Public Administration will conduct the study for the CIO Council within the next 30 days. It will review things such as pay, salary progression rates and at what career levels the greatest compensation discrepancies exist among federal IT workers.

The study will result in recommendations aimed at helping agencies recruit and retain IT employees.

The study will be done in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management, which in a separate study is looking at offering special salary rates for IT occupations. It will consider things such as whether salary adjustments need to be made on a nationwide basis or just in certain locations and whether adjustments should be made for entry-level positions, senior level positions or across the board.

OPM plans to make its recommendations to the CIO Council in the fall with changes going into affect in January, according to Henry Romero, associate director for work force, compensation and performance at OPM, speaking at the FOSE conference in Washington, D.C.

On a larger scale, OPM plans by the end of next year to propose changes on strategic compensation reform for all positions.

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