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While experience and education are often cited by economists to explain the gender gap, a report by The Commonwealth Institute says, "Once these differences have been accounted for, any remaining difference in pay is thought to be the result of discrimination in the labor market."
The issues surrounding pay and benefits for federal employees continues to be a controversial one. The Cato Institute weighs in today, saying comparing salaries between the public and private sectors needs to be done by an independent and impartial organization -- and the way the federal pay gap is calculated should be updated.
Recent USA Today article compared data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics during 2008. On average, federal workers earned around $67,691, whereas their private sector counterparts earned $60,046. Federal News Radio talks with the USA Today reporter, the Partnership for Public Service and Senior Correspondent Mike Causey to get analysis behind the numbers themselves.