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United states. Congrees. Senate. Committee an
4. AUG - 6
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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U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1973
COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
GALE W. MCGEE, Wyoming, Chairman
WILLIAM B. SAXBE, Ohio
Kirks, Hon. Rowland F., director, Administrative Office of the U.S.
Response by Rowland Kirks to question by Senator Fong as to the number
Prepared statement by the Government Employees Council-AFL-CIO---
EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL SALARIES
DARICE AND Washing isen Senate
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1973
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.
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.