public information about Washington State voters in an updated accessible

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public information about Washington State voters in an updated, accessible database (WA Leg, 2019). Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 was passed to ensure public workers were receiving somewhat equitable pay to their private sector counterparts. An annual comparison is made based on the cost of employment, determined by the Department of Labor’s
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Employment Cost Index (Condrey et al., 2012). Critics often cite this does not account for regional cost of living or other potential regional factors do not make up for the disparity. Comparison by Employment Sector Analysis of government compensation reports state or local government workers are undercompensated compared to their counterparts in the private sector by around 5.6%. This is due to the importance of work government does and the educational major that was studied by the individual (Keefe, 2012). The subject of a college major can be explain 60% of pay differentials (Schanzenbach, 2015). According to Keefe, the compensation scarcity is worse for state government employees (4.1%) than for municipal ones (8.3%) (2012). A historical analysis of the jobs in the public sector show employees and employers value longevity and job security over the traditional drives of capitalism (that runs the private sector). The current competitive atmosphere in the private sector focuses on performance, entrepreneurial thinking, networks that center on innovation, and the retention of well-trained, motivated, young employees (Menifield, 2013). It is important to consider the difference in the jobs of both sectors, and who is being compared. Does the Figure 3. Federal Civilian Employment
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report set individuals against another: like a firefighter and fast food? Or does the report compare careers that have similar duties, such as police to private security? The Federal Government workforce is comprised of over 650 occupations, 100 departments, and 60 percent of all employees work for three agencies in the Executive branch (Doverspike, 2000). Common jobs include program administrators, information technology, and program analysts. The Department of Defense is the largest agency with over 750,000 employees, comprised of hundreds of varying careers. Approximately 60% of employees of the Department of Veteran Affairs work in the medical field, and the most common job at the Department of Homeland Security is Transport Security Administration (accounts for ¼ of all workers at DHS) (CBO, 2017). Some of these jobs are replicable in the private sector, but the public sector requires more in some areas. Take sciences and engineering: 36% of public employees work in professional occupations compared to the 20% in the private sector (CBO, 2017). Public sector workers receive a higher portion of compensation in the form of employer benefits. The private sector devotes around 26.3% and 33.1% of payment to benefits, 6.3-8.3% for health insurance, and 2.5-4.8% for retirement (Keefe, 2012). In comparison, the public sector contributes an average of 34.1% to total benefits, 11.2% to health insurance, and 8.1% into retirement. Public employees generally have less vacation time, and offer defined benefit plans compared to the defined contribution plans, like a 401(k), of the private sector (Keefe, 2012).
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