Turnover is more common than you believe
Reader comment on: The Federal Pay Freeze That Isn't
in response to reader comment: Newspeak is alive and well in Washington DC
Submitted by Roger (United States), Dec 30, 2011 10:23
As an Electrical Engineer who works for the DoD, turnover is extremely common in the federal government. Many of my fellow engineers have left the federal government to join the private sector because they pay more. In addition to the increase in base salary, the private sector does give annual cost of living increases to their employees with good performance. The federal government use to run on this kind of system. It was called NSPS.
The union didn't want this system (who knows why) and sucessfully had it eliminated. Now we are on the GS system. Yes, the GS system sucks in comparison to the NSPS system. But surprisingly, the GS systems actually saves taxpayers money because the NSPS system was actually paying out more in annual increases than the GS system ever did by trying to compete with private industry.
Taxpayers are not being "scammed" in any way in regards to this matter. All this information is available to the public. Just google "GS pay scale" and you can see exactly how much each grade is paid, step increases, etc.
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