Congress may just have passed the first tax cuts in some time, but it would seem there needs to be some effort in spending cuts. Did you know your tax dollars pay federal employees more than a million dollars a minute. That’s some enormous spending. And it further reflects a bloated bureaucracy. Cuts need to be made.
James P. Cochrane earns $250,335 annually as chief marketing and sales officer for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), … Right behind Cochrane is Stephen Katsanos, who pulls down $229,333 as a public affairs official for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
And the third highest-paid federal public relations employee is Titus Simmons, also of the FDIC, at $215,248, according to “Mapping The Swamp,”a new report compiled by Open The Books, an independent nonprofit that tracks federal spending using the government’s own numbers.
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. A big reason for such a huge sum is that 1,807 of the federal government’s public relations workers are paid $100,000 or more, up from 1,501 in 2012.
Here are just a few more eye opening tidbits about your tax dollars.
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!
A little more transparency and again, some spending cuts could go a long way in attacking this problem.