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U.S. Senate Democrat Asks HHS Director For Clarification Of CDC Director’s Salary

The Hill: Dem senator demands answers on CDC director’s high salary
“Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for answers on the unusually high salary of Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a letter to Azar on Friday, Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, voiced concern about Redfield’s salary, which is nearly double what his predecessor at the agency made, and asked for a briefing on the matter…” (Greenwood, 4/27).

New York Times: New CDC Director’s $375,000 Salary Under Scrutiny
“…Dr. Robert R. Redfield, who became the director in March, is receiving $375,000 a year, a substantially higher salary than the heads of many other government agencies. It was granted under a provision known as Title 42, which gives the department the authority to pay staff more than the approved government rate if the personnel provide a specific scientific need that cannot otherwise be filled…” (Kaplan, 4/27).

Washington Post: Top Democratic senator questions CDC director’s $375,000 salary
“…Murray wrote: ‘It is difficult to understand why someone with limited public health experience, particularly in a leadership role, is being disproportionately compensated for his work as compared to other accomplished scientists and public health leaders in comparable roles within the federal government.’ … Redfield earned an annual salary of $645,676 at the University of Maryland. The upper end of the basic salary range for CDC director is about $190,000…” (Sun, 4/27).