Letter to the Editor

In your article "OPM details IT pay raise" [Federal Computer Week, Dec. 11, 2000], Mark Bridges was "curious to know why the compensation stops at the GS-12 level."

The obvious answer is that a Civil Service Retirement System employee will get almost twice as much after retirement for each dollar given now. The ratio of CSRS employees is probably still 35 percent to 40 percent overall, but in the GS-13 and above, I'd bet the ratio is much higher.

Further, one should expect no major IT adjustments for everyone until the ratio decreases further.

...Look for the dollar to achieve understanding.

Name withheld upon request

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