The Washington Post

An advisory group said Friday that federal employees on average remain about 35 percent behind the private sector in pay.

Official average pay gap with comparable private sector jobs now exceeds 35 percent.

The Obama administration is urging Congress to back its recommendation to boost salaries by 1 percent.

An advisory council has reported that pay of white-collar federal employees is nearly 35 percent behind the private sector on average, moving the controversy over pay comparisons along for higher-level consideration.