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    Federal Worker Pay About to Rival Compensation of Senators

    Federal Worker Pay About to Rival Compensation of Senators

    “salaries for most bureaucrats in the General Service will rise next year”

    Working for the government has become very lucrative. In fact, some federal workers are inching very close to the same pay enjoyed by United States senators. Is this the way it was supposed to be?

    Paul Bedard reports at the Washington Examiner:

    Federal workers poised to overtake salaries of senators, DC gets highest pay raise

    The top paychecks of federal workers are set to grow again next year to a six-figure number that rivals the $174,000 salaries of America’s 535 House and Senate members.

    Under a new federal order, salaries for most bureaucrats in the General Service will rise next year when the cap on top pay hits $164,000.

    And for the upper reaches of the government, senior executive service employees will be allowed to earn a maximum of $189,600.

    The Washington area, where the bulk of federal workers are employed, will get the biggest pay raise under the order signed by President Trump before Christmas. There, the increase for General Service workers will be 2.29 percent.

    This situation creates two very obvious problems. The first is the cost. The second is that this community of workers, most of whom live in the Washington area, are unlikely to ever vote for smaller government. This is their industry and they won’t vote against their own best interests.

    Katie Pavlich talked about this on FOX News last night:

    How is job satisfaction in this sector? Positive and rising. Is there any wonder why?

    Megan R. Wilson writes at The Hill:

    Survey: Satisfaction of federal workers rising

    Employee satisfaction across the government improved by an average of 2.1 points in 2017 in the months after President Trump took office, compared to the same time last year, according to a new survey of federal workers.

    Federal government agencies, large and small, reported an average score of 61.5 points in employee engagement on the 100-point scale, an increase from 2016, according to data compiled by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

    “The three-year increase in employee engagement follows a concerted effort by agencies across government to improve how employees view their leaders and their jobs. Building on this momentum will require a strong commitment from the Trump administration to continue improving the employee experience — from training and developing leaders to ensuring employees have a positive work environment and the resources they need,” said the analysis of OPM data by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the audit and consulting firm Deloitte, the groups which conducted the survey.

    I’m delighted to hear that federal workers are happier since Trump took office. There is however, something unsettling about the idea of bureaucrats earning nearly as much as senators.

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    Gwendolynn | December 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

    If you “earn” or are “entitled” to government pay, then you should forfeit your right to vote.


     
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    OleDirtyBarrister | December 27, 2017 at 11:27 am

    In addition to the pay, federal troughfeeders have the best insurance of any workers in the US now. They were not adversely affected by ObamaCare like those of us in the private sector.

    The problem with government wages is not the individual wage schedules. It is the huge number of government workers. Government bureaucracies just keep growing. Most government agencies produce nothing. They are service agencies [regulation is a service]. So, we actually have far more government employees, in non-critical positions, then we need.

    Most government salaries are 15-30% lower than comparable salaries in the private sector. The trade-off, for the workers, is greater job security and, in some cases, better benefit packages.

    The problem that exists, today, is the bloated size of government bureaucracies. They should be significantly reduced, but this would result in the loss of employment for a large number of people. And, unfortunately, due to hiring preferences, most of these employees will be minorities. The optics would be terrible.

    But, sooner or later, these bureaucracies will have to be culled. Politicians just do not want to deal with it unless there is no other choice. Until then, salaries will continue to grow, especially if tax revenue is up.


     
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    maxmillion | December 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Federal employees often fly first class when they travel too.


     
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    forksdad | December 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Congress’ compensation should be three hots and a cot and fifty cents an hour. No outside income during their terms. Let’s see how many civic minded patriots line up when they can’t line their pockets.


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