Federal and District of Columbia Employees Need To Be in Separate Pay and Benefit Systems

FPCD-77-71: Published: Jan 12, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1978.

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The pay and fringe benefits of Federal and District of Columbia employees are interrelated. Most District employees are covered by Federal pay and retirement systems, and some Federal law enforcement personnel participate in the District's pay and retirement systems for its police and firemen.

Each Government should control the nature, level, and costs of its employees' compensation. The Federal law enforcement personnel participating in the District's pay and retirement system receive higher pay and have much better retirement benefits than comparable Federal civil service employees. The District's retirement system is more costly than that of the Federal Government, but participating employees contribute less than their Federal counterparts. The Federal protective services employees' compensation should be equitable and consistent with that provided to other Federal law enforcement personnel. The District should establish its own employee compensation system so that compensation is consistent with local management objectives and affordable for District residents.

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