Federal workers earn about 65 cents for every dollar earned by their private-sector counterparts, according to an advisory panel to the federal government.
Or they make $1.78 for every private-sector dollar, according to a Cato Institute economist.
The release of the annual Federal Salary Council report, mandated by Congress to help set pay rates each year, has reopened the age-old debate over whether federal workers earn more or less than they could be making in the private sector.
Enthusiasts of small government tend to argue that government employees are overpaid. Supporters of the federal workforce...