President Barack Obama is making another push to cap the pay of government contractors. The pay level was linked by Congress to the pay of top earners in the private sector in 1995 and some contractors now earn more than the president, The Washington Post’s blog the Federal Eye
Last fall, the administration tried to cap the pay for contractors at $200,000, about what top career federal employees make. The attempt failed and the White House is now renewing it.
“Taxpayers are being forced to reimburse contractors at a rate which has outpaced the growth of inflation and the wages of most of America’s working families — as well as the growth of federal salaries,” said Lesley Field, the acting White House official for government contracting, according to the Post.
Field noted the proposal would not limit what contractors pay their employees but would limit how much federal agencies reimburse.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, supported the move last fall, saying, “Government contractors should be compensated fairly for their work but they shouldn’t be allowed to featherbed the contracts at taxpayer expense,” the Post reported.
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