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Sen. Ron Johnson Eyes Federal-Private Sector Pay Alignment

Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Ron Johnson

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), incoming chairman of the Senate’s government oversight panel, plans to align the federal pay with the private sector as part a management reform push, GovExec reported Monday.

Johnson told GovExec the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s “businessman’s approach” to federal pay could mean more merit-based compensation and faster hire times, Charles Clark reports.

Johnson said financial disclosure requirement under the STOCK Act is one factor that could hamper future federal recruitment and appointment efforts.

He added that underpayment also has serious impact on efforts to recruit federal workers, according to the report.

“We can’t underpay and expect to get the quality of individual we need, but we can’t afford to overpay, so we need good solid pay and benefits comparisons,” he said to GovExec.

Johnson also plans to streamline the Department of Homeland Security, push for a cybersecurity bill and ease demanding regulations, Clark reports.

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