Obama makes appointments to Federal Salary Council

By Lisa Rein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 12, 2010; 12:39 AM

The Federal Salary Council, a panel obscure to most Washingtonians but one that performs a vital role in recommending raises for most federal employees, has five new members after President Obama made appointments and reappointments Tuesday.

The nine-member council meets at least twice a year to determine locality pay, recommend raises for the president to put in his budget, and devise a "salary gap" between feds and employees in the private sector doing similar jobs. Outside experts in labor relations, unions and the executive branch are represented.

With federal salaries a flashpoint in the debate on Capitol Hill over the role and size of government, the council's actions are being watched by Congress, civil service unions and think tanks.

The new and reappointed members:

Condrey is a senior associate and director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's human resource management assistance program and adjunct professor of public administration at the School of Public and International Affairs, both at the University of Georgia.

Cannon is the chief of the D.C. Protective Services Police Department and deputy director at the city's Department of Real Estate Services.

Cox is the national secretary-treasurer for the American Federation of Government Employees.

Facer is an associate professor and the Warren Jones Fellow of Public Finance and Management at the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management, where he teaches in the master of public administration program.

Fenaughty is the national secretary-treasurer of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

Kelley is president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

Simon is the public policy director at the American Federation of Government Employees.

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