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Federal employee pay has been a target in cost-cutting efforts by the President and Congress, aided by a public perception of feds as overpaid "fat cats." Claims about public vs. private pay have swung widely - from the Federal Salary Council's data that shows feds are paid 24 percent less than the private sector, to a Cato Institute report that says feds are paid double the private sector. What's the reality? Federal News Radio brings you interviews and analysis on the federal pay debate.
SES mobility not 'musical chairs'
Wednesday - 3/14/2012, 11:19pm EDT
The report found 48 percent of SES members had never changed their positions after becoming an SES member.
Bonosaro said having SES mobility would never be "absolute." But right now SESers and those wanting to enter the SES do not have the mechanisms to do work at other agencies.
"I think there's a way to achieve more mobility ... but not with the notion that it's going to be musical chairs," she said.
In the second half of the program, Federal Times Senior Writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly discussed what Congress has in store for federal workers and retirees. They also discussed buyouts, downsizing in the Postal Service, and threats to the retirement system that could impact current employees.