POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 5:37pm
tyler — Are times tough at your business?
Well, you should work for the federal government because business is good.
You saw last month all the fun the Government Accountability Office was having at your expense.
This week, we've shown you the IRS is giving illegals your money in tax returns as they claim dependents in other countries.
Now, a story from Fox News shows many feds are getting good bonuses for all the good work they do.
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.
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.
So, get in line, Uncle Sugar wants you.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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