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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Battle royal over federal worker pay

By Joe Davidson
Ed O'Keefe

All that Wednesday's House hearing on federal pay needed to be complete was an announcer with a booming voice asking the packed room, "Are you ready to rumble?"

Instead, Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.), chairman of the federal workforce subcommittee, called the session to order with the familiar bang of the gavel.

But it didn't take long for things to get hot.

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By Joe Davidson  | March 10, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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I worked for and am very familiar with DOD and FAA. In my opoinion most Federal employees are over paid. The situation has resulted in my opinion mostly from grade creep. Most positions over the past 20 years have had the GS pay grades greatly increeased with relatively no change in duties or responsibilities.

My grade as an Air Traffic Controller went from a GS 12 in 1980 to GS 14 by 1990. That is just the start, with pay for night shifts etc. and not even counting benefits controllers can make over $200,000. Believe me, technology has made the job so much easier that they don't deserve much more than truck driver pay. At Hill AFB where i used to work, in 1980 there were only and handful of GS 14s and one GS 15, now they have many hundreds. Everyone is a 13 or higher.

Probably the biggest problem though are the contractors. They are in essence federal workers. By distinguishing them as contractors the whole picture is distorted. They must be included and counted as federal employees.

My sister is tyical of a contractor. She will retire this Friday from the federal government and by Monday she will be working for the contractor, doing the exact same job and making the same amount of money. It could be said that if it weren't for federal retirees there wouldn't be any contractors.

The government is gettting ripped off by contractors. My sister makes $75,000 and will take home after taxes about 75% of what whe did prior to retiring. But the contractor will also pay her $75,000 plus another generous retirement plan. The government losses because it is now going to pay double for the same work. How can the the contractor pay her the same salary and benefits yet make a profit. The government is greatly overpaying for contractor jobs.

Only in America could you have contractors pretending to be pull your self up by the boot straps, free enterprize, Adam Smith government haters while all the time sucking from the government free money tit.

Yes Federal employees are over paid, but let us not forget that there are a great many others in this country particularly on Wall Street doing the same.

Little off the subject, but the picture I have in my mind of the Tea Party and Right Wing Republicans is two fold: 1- A mother on food stamps feeding her baby and the Republican thug walks in and grabs the food out of the baby's mouth. He then turns to a billionaire and hands him the baby's food and says here you deserve it more. 2- In later years the Republicans start another war. This one is a big war and we have to draft people. This same Republican now tells the same mother " we need to send your child to fight and die for our country, my child can't go because he works on Wall Street and is too important to the nations economy.

Posted by: griegor01 | March 10, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

There needs to be a comprehensive audit of government employees. Find out how many are actually needed and the extent of grade creep as a problem.

Why is a PhD the educational requirement for jobs that are largely administrative? (Easy answer: don't make the burrowed-in Carter-era bureaucrats compete with college graduates)

First interview question: What do you actually do around here?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | March 10, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

All federal employees need to be looked at as far as salary, job duties, and work ethic. I get paid 34075 a year. I work harder and produce more and better quality work than someone else in my office who makes at least 51630 a year!
It is very hard to fire a federal worker who is underperforming because they can run to the Equal Employment Opportunity Office and file a complaint or seek mediation and there is nothing that can be done.
Congress wants to cut spending? Try reforming the HR policies within the federal government and there is your money!

Posted by: u_morris2006 | March 10, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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