Executive Compensation within Federal Contractors Under Scrutiny

      As elected officials look to reduce federal spending, executive compensation within federal contractors has again come under scrutiny. For this year, the ceiling that the government will reimburse towards an executive’s compensation is $763,000.

      Senators Barbara Boxer and Charles Grassley have introduced a bill that limits this amount to the president’s salary of $400,000. The Administration wants to lower the ceiling further to $200,000.

      However, Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, argues in both Politico and in the Washington Business Journal that capping executive compensation will hurt a contractor’s ability to attract the best talent to the most challenging government programs.

      Susan Eggleston, a vice president at research firm Deltek writes in Capital Business, that the Boxer/Grassley bill could further erode the thin profit margins of contractors.

      Executive compensation may be an easy target, but capping them may lead to unintended challenges.

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      I’m Steve Vito of UpsonVito.

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