Leaders of a Justice Department group are asking the top official overseeing federal government employment issues to take steps addressing pay equity within federal agencies.

In a letter sent Thursday by leaders of the DOJ Gender Equality Network, a copy of which was obtained by Law.com, the Justice Department staffers tell Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja they believe “the main barriers to pay equity for federal employees generally are OPM regulations” that allow federal agencies to consider a new hire’s prior salary when determining their new level of pay.