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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 19, 2000
                        THE FEDERAL SALARY COUNCIL

     The President today announced his intent to appoint John F. Leyden to

serve as member of the Federal Salary Council.

Mr. John F. Leyden, of Silver Springs, Maryland, is currently an associate at National Strategies, Inc. where he has done consulting for the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association on project ComCARE. Prior to his work at National Strategies, Inc. he served as a political assistant to The Service Employees International Union. Mr. Leyden has served as Chairman of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee at the Office of Personnel Management since 1998. The Committee is responsible for studies of the prevailing rate system and other matters pertinent to the establishment of prevailing rates for blue-collar federal employees. From 1988-1998, he was Secretary Treasurer of the Public Employees Department, AFL-CIO, an umbrella organization made up of 34 national unions. He previously served as National President of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, and as a radar controller at the New York Center, Federal Aviation Administration.

Mr. Leyden has a M.A in Political Science/International Affairs from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

The Federal Salary Council was established by the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990. The Council provides recommendations on the establishment or modification of pay localities and the level of comparability payments that should be paid to eliminate or reduce pay disparities. The Council also provides recommendations on the coverage of annual surveys on occupations conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.