Equal pay laws for federal employees will be rigorously enforced, says an Aug. 18 letter from both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Personnel Management.
A 2009 report from the Government Accountability Office found the gender wage gap for federal employees declined from 28 cents on the dollar in 1987 to 11 cents in 2007.
Seven of the 11 cents could not be explained by differences in education, experience or other non-discriminatory factors.
The letter said both agencies are working with GAO to identify reasons for the wage gap and ways to close the gap.
“Equal pay for equal work is the law, it’s right, and its time has come,” OPM Director John Berry said.
“The federal government should be a model employer in every regard–including equal pay,” EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien said.
Click here to read the full letter.