CIO Council is ready to start study on IT pay

CIO Council is ready to start study on IT pay

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

ORLANDO, Fla.'The Chief Information Officers Council is set to move forward on a study of information technology pay.

The National Academy of Public Administration will conduct the study.

'Our goal is to keep pushing' the issue, said Agriculture Department deputy CIO Ira Hobbs, co-chairman of the CIO Council's IT Work Force Committee.

Hobbs spoke last month at the Government Information Technology Executive Council's Information Processing Interagency Conference.

Fred Thompson, manager of the Treasury Department's IT work force improvement program and a member of the work force committee, said the council has agreed in principle to a contract with NAPA. It still must work out details on the timetable, scope and cost, he said.

'NAPA will evaluate federal and private-sector IT compensation practices and will provide the council with an independent perspective on IT compensation issues,' he said.

The Office of Personnel Management is not conducting the study because OPM must maintain objectivity, council officials said. But the CIO Council has worked with OPM to coordinate the study, Hobbs said.

'They are aware of it,' he said. OPM officials recognize that the issue is important, but 'the CIO Council is a driving force in an area that is important to our constituency,' Hobbs said.

Expected outcome

In a report last year, the IT Work Force Committee decided not to recommend a separate IT salary scale [GCN, July 5, 1999, Page 1].

Council members said they hope the study will support the conventional wisdom that federal IT workers are significantly underpaid [GCN, Aug. 9, 1999, Page 1].

State Department CIO Fernando Burbano, who has been an outspoken proponent of the need for a special pay scale for IT employees, said it is vital for agencies struggling with worker shortages.

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