IT pay study will cost agencies
- By Diane Frank
- May 08, 2000
The CIO Council wants agencies to help pay for a study of compensation in
the information technology work force.
A study by the National Academy of Public Administration will be the
first independent study to review pay discrepancies between federal and
private-sector workers, according to Jim Flyzik, vice chairman of the council
and chief information officer at the Treasury Department, speaking last
month at the Information Processing Interagency Conference in Orlando, Fla.
The CIO Council's IT Workforce Committee has commissioned the study,
but agencies are being encouraged to help fund it, said Ira Hobbs, co-chairman
of the work force committee and deputy CIO at the Agriculture Department.
The USDA and the State Department have pitched in, but others will have
to help, said Fernando Burbano, CIO at State.
The committee has been working with the Office of Personnel Management
to find ways to improve federal recruitment and retention of IT personnel
by raising salaries and expanding job opportunities.
The NAPA/CIO Council study will be independent of a similar study at
OPM, but the three groups are working closely together. The OPM study is
looking at offering special salary rates for federal IT jobs and will make
its recommendations to the CIO Council this fall.
The recommendations, which will take effect January 2001, will incorporate
issues such as whether salary adjustments need to be made on a nationwide
basis or just in certain locations, according to Henry Romero, associate
director for work force, compensation and performance at OPM, speaking at
the FOSE conference in Washington, D.C., last month.