CDC director takes $165k pay cut

Robert Redfield, MD, newly appointed director of the CDC, agreed to a new annual salary of $209,700 after facing public criticism over his original $375,000 salary, according to The Hill.

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, Dr. Redfield's predecessor at the CDC, earned $197,000 annually, which led Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to openly question the new director's significantly higher salary. HHS officials said Dr. Redfield was hired under title 42, which allows the federal government to attract top-tier scientists with higher-than-usual salaries.

Dr. Redfield requested the pay cut April 30 to avoid public distraction.

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