GOP executives question teleworkers’ pay rates

Two leading Republican House leaders have raised the question of whether Teleworkers at the Department of Labor are overpaid, a problem that could arise at other agencies as well.

The underlying problem is that while a person’s local wage rate is based on the location of the official place of employment, many federal employees have been working exclusively or almost exclusively from other locations for nearly two years – in some cases where the local wage rate is lower but continue to use the higher rate.

Top Republicans on the Oversight and Reform Committee and the Education and Labor Committee, Reps., James Comer of Kentucky and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, said they were “very concerned about DoL workers in alternative jobs becoming local Paid wage rates that do not match their physical place of work. ”

They said that information the department provided in response to an earlier letter suggests DoL has inappropriately paid some of these employees since March 2020, is doing so now and is doing so until the 7th. Recognize employees. “

March 7th is the planned date for the department to complete a gradual “re-entry”, which is scheduled to begin in early January.

They asked for “an explanation as to whether the DoL has ensured that all employees are paid in accordance with where they live and work from and not where they are based” and for further details on the reintegration plan.

They added that the previous answer “implies that DoL addresses this local pay issue only for workers with formal and permanent ‘remote working arrangements’, not for an expanded number of teleworkers that DoL would like to allow in the future. This situation worries us in both ways, as it should be for all taxpayers. “

In contrast to teleworking, employees with a “remote work agreement” do not have to report to a regular agency workstation on a regular basis and the remote location is their official office. The numbers in this category are well below those of teleworkers.

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