Today, we added to our public pay databases the salaries of UNC Hospitals officials and employees. We've been collecting pay for most state employees and UNC system employees for years, but discovered recently that the hospitals were not part of those databases.
It's important to collect this data at least annually, because North Carolina's personnel law prevents the release of much beyond current pay and position. As a result, it's very difficult to track pay and position changes over time for the public employees in state and local government.
Our recent three-part series, Keeping Secrets, focuses on some of the troublesome consequences of the state's personnel law, which we found to be among the most secretive in the nation. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Senate leaders are talking about reforms this session to make personnel information such as salary and employment histories public.
You can find the UNC hospital data, which includes roughly 8,650 employees from the CEO to housekeepers, here.