Surprising Report Unveils Fed. Govt. Spending on “Public Relations”

Wyoming Republican and Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi has unveiled a federal government report, via the Government Accountability Office, detailing the amount of money being spent on public relations.

Each year, an estimated $1.5 billion is spent on public relations, despite the fact that the federal government “continues to be viewed less favorably than state and local governments.”

Between the fiscal years 2006-2015, the cost of advertising and arranging PR contracts ranged anywhere from $800 million at its lowest point (2012) to $1.3 billion at its highest point (2009). The report identifies the Department of Defense as the ultimate cost accumulator since it employs the most PR staff.

In 2011, the highest number of PR jobs was at 5,238. On average, the median salary for these employees was $90,000. The report reads:

“[T]he federal government has close to 5,000 public relations employees with a combined salary of close to $500 million per year averaged over the past decade. These employees have a median salary of close to $90,000 in 2014. According to the Census Bureau, the average median household income in 2014 was $53,657.”

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