In a statement addressing salaries, a CFPB spokesperson blamed former director Richard Cordoray, an Obama appointee, for the high salaries Mulvaney’s appointees are making, saying “non-career staff are being paid on par with the career staff who directly report to them.�

According to the Times report, the spokesperson also said it is Congress’ resposibility to change the CFPB’s compensation practices.

Mulvaney isn’t the only member of the Trump administration to raise eyebrows for giving massive pay raises to his appointees. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also was accused of using an obscure loophole to give two of his staffers significant pay raises. When asked about the salaries by Fox News on Wednesday, Pruitt denied he approved the salary increases.