A pro-transparency, independent nonprofit called Open The Books is exposing the cost of funding the federal workforce. According to the group, it costs taxpayers $1.1-million per minute.
Open The Books tracks federal spending using the government’s data. They’ve revealed their findings in a new book titled, “Mapping The Swamp.”
The book notes that James P. Cochrane is the “highest paid public relations employee of the federal government,” listing his annual salary at $250,335. Cochrane is the chief marketing and sales officer for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
The next two highest paid federal public affairs employees are Stephen Katsanos ($229,333), the public affairs official for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Titus Simmons ($215,248), also with the FDIC.
These three individuals are among the 3,618 federal workers who get an average of $101,827 annually to put the best possible “spin” on government every day. That comes to $368.4 million a year. 1,807 of the federal government’s public relations workers are paid $100,000 or more.
The report notes that the “3,618 government spinmeisters” represent only a portion of the 1.97 million career federal civil servants that Open The Books tracked. The group seeks to reveal the “true size and cost of the federal government,” however, the review excludes some 700,000 civil servants employed by the Department of Defense, uniformed U.S. military members, and employees with the U.S. intelligence community.
The following 10 findings are from“Mapping The Swamp”:
1.) Federal workers are paid $1.1 million a minute, $66 million every hour, and $524 million each day.
2.) The number of federal workers paid more than $200,000 annually increased 165 percent between 2010 and 2016, those making $150,000 or more by 60 percent, and those getting $100,000 or more by 37 percent.
3.) More than 400,000, or roughly one of every five, federal workers makes a six-figure income. Nearly 30,000 of them are paid more than all 50 state governors.
4.) On average, federal workers get 10 paid holidays, 13 paid sick days and 20 paid vacation days each year. If all of them took full advantage of their paid leave, it would cost taxpayers more than $22 billion.
5.) Hundreds of federal workers get cash bonuses every year. The highest such bonus last year went to a human resources manager who received $141,525!
6.) More than 35,000 lawyers are employed by the federal government but only a third of them work for the Department of Justice. Collectively, the government lawyers were paid $4.8 billion in 2016.
7.) There are 3,498 police officers working for the Department of Veterans Affairs at a cost of $172 million. But officials there can’t provide data for the number or kinds of crimes committed on VA property.
8.) Pay averaged $100,000 or more at 78 of the 122 independent agencies and departments examined for the swamp report.
9.) Between them, the USPS and the VA employ more than half of the total federal workforce covered by the report.
10.) There are an additional two million federal workers at the Department of Defense and the U.S. military.
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