As President Obama ordered new changes for federal contractor compensation practices in a bid to boost transparency surrounding women’s pay, his top spokesman defended the pay disparities that still exist between men and women working at the White House.
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The president, during an event Tuesday at the White House, signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay. He also directed the Labor Department to issue new rules requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data that includes a breakdown by race and gender.

“Pay secrecy fosters discrimination,” Obama said.

But as Obama tried to shed light on federal contractor compensation practices, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the apparent pay gap among White House staff.

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