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Getting It Right: How and Why We Should Compare Federal and Private Sector Compensation


  • Stephen E. Condrey is president of Condrey and Associates, Inc., president-elect of the American Society for Public Administration, and chairman of the Federal Salary Council. His publications have appeared in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, and elsewhere. He is editor of the Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government (3rd ed.) and editor-in-chief of the Review of Public Personnel Administration. E-mail:

  • Jared J. Llorens is assistant professor in the Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University. Before beginning his academic career, he served as human resource specialist with both the U.S. Offi ce of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Labor. His research interests include public sector compensation, human resources automation, and civil service reform. He received his doctorate in public administration from The University of Georgia in 2007. E-mail:

  • Rex L. Facer II is associate professor of public fi nance and management at Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Federal Salary Council. His research on human resource and local government issues has been broadly published. E-mail:

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