The erosion of federal judicial salaries continues to be a thorny problem, according to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office, which looked at pay rates for judges and executive branch officials from 1970 to 2006.

The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, reported that the basic pay rates for all of the examined federal pay plans increased in “nominal” dollars, or amounts not adjusted for inflation, from 1970 to 2006.

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