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United states. Congrees. Senate. Committee an
• Post office and civil service,
EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL SALARIES

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4. AUG - 6

HEARING

LLOR

1973

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
UNITED STATES SENATE
NINETY-THIRD CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

S. 1989 TO AMEND SECTION 225 OF THE FEDERAL SALARY ACT OF 1967 WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN EXECUTIVE, LEGISLA

TIVE, AND JUDICIAL SALARIES

JUNE 26, 1973

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Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1973

98-092 0

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COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE

GALE W. MCGEE, Wyoming, Chairman
JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota TED STEVENS, Alaska
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina HENRY BELLMON, Oklahoma
FRANK E. MOSS, Utah

WILLIAM B. SAXBE, Ohio
ROD CROWLIE, Staff Director
CLYDE S. DuPont, Minority

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EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL SALARIES

DARICE AND Washing isen Senate

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1973

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON Post OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE,

Washington, D.O. The committee met, pursuant to notice, in room 6202, Dirksen Senate Office Building, at 10 a.m., Hon. Gale W. McGee (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Also present: Senators Fong, Stevens, and Bellmon.

Staff members present: Richard G. Fuller, associate staff director; Clyde DuPont, minority counsel; Tom Ebzery, counsel; and Dan Doherty, professional staff member.

OPENING STATEMENT

The CHAIRMAN. This hearing is convened so the committee may take testimony on S. 1989, a bill sponsored by the Senator from Hawaii, ranking minority member of this committee, and myself.

It is a bill that would alter the procedure by which executive, legislative, and judicial salaries are considered by the President and established by joint congressional Presidential action.

The bill provides that the commission on executive, legislative, and judicial salaries would be appointed and would report to the President every other year instead of every 4 years. The commission report would be submitted to the President by June 30 in the year that they are scheduled to report.

The President would make his decision and recommendation to the Congress no later than August 31, and the pay adjustments involved could become effective early in October, along with other Government statutory pay adjustments. This procedure, under the pending legislation, would be followed this year. I think we are all aware of the problems caused by the arrangement in which most Federal employees receive at least a yearly pay adjustment, while the pay of the executive branch top officials, Federal judges, and the Members of Congress is considered quadrennially, if then.

In my view the Congress needs to take a new look at this problem, not from the standpoint of the level of pay for Congressmen as a substantive matter, but as a new procedure in more responsible Government. So much more hangs on this than pay alone. Caliber and type of executive level employees are simply one illustration of the complications.

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