On Friday, Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, wrote to Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of Well being and Human Companies who oversees the C.D.C., expressing concern about Dr. Redfield’s wage and questioning the company’s use of the exemption for such an distinctive fee.
“It’s obscure why somebody with restricted public well being expertise, significantly in a management function, is being disproportionately compensated for his work,” in comparison with others in comparable authorities roles, wrote Senator Murray, the rating Democrat on the committee that oversees federal well being businesses.
Dr. Redfield’s wage is greater than a number of others, together with that of his boss, Mr. Azar; Dr. Francis Collins, who runs the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, chief of the Meals and Drug Administration. Every of these political appointees receives lower than $200,000 a 12 months. Dr. Gottlieb, who reported an earnings of greater than $1 million within the 12 months earlier than taking the F.D.A. job, took a lot a bigger pay reduce than Dr. Redfield did, as did Mr. Azar, who reported incomes almost $2 million in his final 12 months at Eli Lilly and Co.
Dr. Redfield reported $757,100 in wage and bonuses from the College of Maryland Division of Medication for 2017 via mid-March of 2018. He additionally disclosed liabilities of between $100,001 and $250,000 in pupil loans incurred in 2016; a private mortgage with Lending Tree, of between $10,001 and $15,000, taken out in 2016; and a second private mortgage, between $50,001 and $100,000 opened in 2017.
Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for H.H.S., mentioned hiring Dr. Redfield was a uncommon alternative to make use of one of many world’s main virologists.