CDC Director Redfield Requests, Receives Salary Reduction After Questions Raised Over Record $375K Compensation

Associated Press: CDC chief asks for, and gets, cut to his record $375K pay
“The new head of the top U.S. public health agency has asked for — and will receive — a cut to his record-setting pay, federal officials said Monday. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr.’s new salary was not revealed…” (Stobbe, 5/1).

The Hill: CDC director asks for salary reduction after questions raised
“…Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, who oversees the CDC, agreed to Robert Redfield’s request, an HHS spokesperson said Monday. Redfield told Azar he did not want to have his compensation become a distraction for the agency…” (Weixel, 4/30).

New York Times: CDC Director’s $375,000 Salary Will Be Cut
“…Dr. Redfield, who became the CDC director in March, had been given the higher salary under a provision called Title 42. It was created by Congress to allow federal agencies to offer compensation that is competitive with the private sector in order to attract top-notch scientists with expertise that the departments would not otherwise have. News reports of his earnings sparked complaints from Senate Democrats and watchdog groups…” (Belluck, 4/30).

Washington Post: CDC director asks that his $375,000 salary be cut after questions raised
“…In a letter Friday to Azar, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked for the justification for offering Redfield ‘a salary significantly higher’ than that of his predecessors and other leaders at HHS. … Reacting to the latest news Monday about Redfield’s salary, Murray said: ‘The Secretary of Health reduced Dr. Redfield’s salary only after concerns were raised, and the public still deserves thorough answers to my questions about why Dr. Redfield — who has limited public health experience to begin with — was hired under a special hiring authority intended for candidates with rare scientific, technical, or clinical skills, and at a higher salary than many Cabinet secretaries’…” (Sun, 4/30).

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