CIO Council initiates a study of federal IT pay

CIO Council initiates a study of federal IT pay

The Chief Information Officers Council will commission a National Academy of Public Administration study of federal information technology workers' pay.

The $410,400 study, to be conducted by NAPA's Center for Human Resources Management, will look at discrepancies between federal and private-sector salaries, council officials said.

Obvious result

The council began eyeing the study more than a year ago, but some members questioned the need for a study that they contend will show the obvious: Federal systems workers are underpaid.

Department heads have long lamented the trouble they have recruiting qualified IT workers when a serious disparity exists between what they can offer and the incentives and pay available in the private sector.

The council's IT Workforce Committee projects that there will be a shortage of 37,000 high-tech workers by 2006.

The first part of the study will look at the need for a separate pay scale for IT workers, reviewing available data in addition to relying on information gathered during the process, CIO Council officials said. NAPA will also provide a cost-benefit analysis for creating a separate IT pay scale.

If the study determines that federal pay for IT workers isn't competitive, NAPA would then develop a proposal for creating a pay scale that would help agencies recruit and retain qualified staff members. The academy also would create a plan to implement the new pay scale.

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