Thursday, May 17, 2012

Federal workers raking in millions in bonuses, new database shows

You know what would make this more tolerable? If when you need assistance from one of these overpaid government employees, you got friendly and efficient service. That's very rarely the case. There is a never ending stream of nightmare stories about dealing with government agencies. It's funny, these people WORK FOR US, yet they make far more than us and have much better benefits and they are rude and inefficient. Wow. It doesn't make sense, not even a little bit.

The average federal worker in New Jersey makes $83, 749 annually! And somebody in the agriculture department made a bonus of $62, 895! The average American that works in the private sector doesn't make as much in annual salary and this ag department employee made in bonus.

What is wrong with this picture? How have we allowed everything to get so upsidedown? This is what happens when we don't pay attention and just trust the government to do the right thing.

From FoxNews

Not bad for government work.

A new in-depth database of federal worker salaries shows the government paid out a whopping $105 billion in salaries last year for most of its civilian workforce -- to boot, the workers got $439 million in bonuses.

The information, which was obtained and number-crunched by The Asbury Park Press through a Freedom of Information Act request, challenges the old notion that government workers trade high salaries for job security and benefits.

In fact, many workers get all those things.

"They get better pay and they especially get better benefits," said James Sherk, senior policy analyst with the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The database, which is now online, allows users to enter a federal worker's name and their department, and then look up their salary information. The trove covers about 70 percent of federal workers, with some eye-opening results.

The average salary, for instance, for New Jersey's federal employees was $83,749. Many senior executives throughout the federal government make a six-figure salary.

Attorney General Eric Holder makes $199,700 - like other Cabinet-level officials. And Jeff Neely, the suspended General Services Administration employee at the heart of the Las Vegas convention scandal, was pulling in $172,000.

The database also shows the government has been liberally handing out bonuses, with many in the ten-of-thousands-of-dollars range. The top bonus in the Justice Department was $37,505.
In the Agriculture Department, it was $62,895. Some of the biggest bonuses, though, were the product of a special presidential award program.

Moira Mack, a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget, told the Asbury Park Press that the administration has "eliminated bonuses for all political appointees." The administration, she said, has also "directed agencies to adopt more rigorous personnel management processes, and set a cap to reduce spending on awards for career staff, saving taxpayers an estimated $200 million this year alone."

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