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$20 Billion Hidden in The Swamp - Feds Redact 255k Salaries

Discussion in 'Politics Forum (Local/National/World)' started by TAEZZAR, Feb 10, 2018.



  1. TAEZZAR

    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    Is President Trump losing his war to 'drain the swamp'?

    This week, we gave oversight to the newly released FY2017 federal payroll. We've captured and posted this data online for the past 11 years.

    For the first time, our OpenTheBooks investigation found missing information throughout the federal payroll disclosures.

    Here's a sample of what we discovered from the FY2017 records:
    • 254,839 federal salaries were redacted in the federal civil service payroll (just 3,416 salaries were redacted in FY2016).
    • 68 federal departments redacted salaries. Even small agencies like the National Transportation Services Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation redacted millions of dollars in salaries.

    • $20 billion in estimated payroll now lacks transparency.

    • A 7,360 percent increase in opacity hides one out of every five federal salaries.
    So, who's the bureaucrat in charge of the federal human resource division - the Office of Personnel Management - the agency redacting the salaries?

    Not a Trump appointee - the president doesn't have an executive nominee in place. So, the buck stops with acting Director Kathleen McGettigan, a 25-year staffer who assumed the position because she was the next in line, not because the White House appointed her.

    Federal bureaucrats hate the disclosure of their own salaries.This is a classic case of the bureaucracy protecting the bureaucracy, underscoring the resistance faced by the new administration.

    Read our editorial at Real Clear Politics, $20 Billion Hidden in The Swamp - Feds Redact 255k Salaries, click here.

    Then, read our OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - Mapping The Swamp a study of the Administrative State, and learn about the swamp Trump inherited.

    Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/a...in_the_swamp_feds_redact_255000_salaries.html
     
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  2. Po'boy

    Po'boy Midas Member Midas Member Site Supporter

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    Trump isn't draining anything.
     
  3. the_shootist

    the_shootist The war is here on our doorstep! Midas Member Site Supporter ++

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    You had better hope he is! He's our last stand!
     
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    US Forces Leave Iraq: Military Presence Failed to Produce Desired Results
    Peter KORZUN | 09.02.2018

    The US-led coalition is drawing down or "adjusting" its military presence in Iraq. With ISIS on the ropes, the remaining forces will refocus on “policing, border control, and military capacity building.” A senior official close to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been reported to say that 60 percent of the US troops will be withdrawn. About 4,000 US personnel will remain as part of a training mission. There were 8,892 US troops in Iraq as of late September. The American soldiers are being shipped to Afghanistan, where roughly 14,000 troops are already stationed.

    blah blah blah <moar at link>

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/n...-presence-failed-produce-desired-results.html

    At least one swamp is draining...albeit incredibly slowly. Now after this most recent(though predictable) loss for American military forces, which frankly never seem to be allowed to win, it's off to guard the poppy fields in the longest military engagement in US history.

    Looking at the bright side, at least Trump hasn't started a whole bunch of new conflicts, unlike that undeserved peace prize winning warmongering sack of vomit and his neocon secy of state did. Progress? Perhaps.
     
  5. Area51

    Area51 Silver Miner Seeker

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    Actually yes, Trump Almighty is draining the country. Just the same as his predecessors did.
     
  6. Area51

    Area51 Silver Miner Seeker

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    Shifting the troops from Iraq to Afghanistan doesn't accomplish anything.

    Just draining one swap into another swamp.
     
  7. Alton

    Alton Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Read and weep - "Mapping the Swamp"

    KEY FINDINGS:
    1. The federal government pays its disclosed workforce $1 million per minute, $66 million per hour, and $524 million per day. In FY2016, the federal government disclosed 1.97 million employees at a cash compensation cost of $136.3 billion.

    2. Over a six-year period (FY2010-2016), the number of federal employees making $200,000 or more has increased by 165 percent; those making $150,000 or more has grown by 60 percent; and those making more than $100,000 has increased by 37 percent.

    3. On average, federal employees are given 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days, and 20 vacation days per year. If each employee used 13 sick days and took 20 vacation days in addition to the 10 federal holidays, it would cost taxpayers an estimated $22.6 billion annually.

    4. In FY2016, a total 406,960 employees made six-figure incomesthat's roughly one in five disclosed federal employees. Furthermore, 29,852 federal employees out-earned each of the 50 state governors receiving more than $190,823.

    5. At 78 out of the 122 independent agencies and departments we studied, the average employee compensation exceeded $100,000 in FY2016.

    6. With 326 employees at a total cash compensation of $28.8 million, we found a federal agency in San Francisco – Presidio Trust – paid out three of the top four federal bonuses including the largest in the federal government in FY2016. The biggest bonus went to an HR Manager in charge of payroll for $141,525.

    7. Together, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employ more than half of the disclosed federal workforce. As the largest civilian employer within the federal government, the USPS employed 32 percent of all disclosed federal employees, totaling 621,523 people on payroll in FY2016. The VA employed the second most employees with 372,614 or 19 percent of the disclosed federal workforce.

    8. Only one-third of the 35,000 lawyers in the federal workforce work at the Department of Justice. The entire staff of federal lawyers earned $4.8 billion in FY2016.

    9. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employed 3,498 police officers at a total cost of $172 million in FY2016. When asked about corresponding crime statistics, the VA was unable to provide any information on the number of crimes or incidents.

    10. There are an additional 2 million undisclosed employees at the Department of Defense and in the active military. Their estimated cash compensation value, combined with $1 billion in undisclosed bonuses and $125 billion in hidden pension data, amounts to roughly $221 billion in undisclosed federal cash compensation per year.


    Download a PDF copy of our report click here.
     
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  8. TAEZZAR

    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    Worse than bank robbers !!
    They are raping & pillaging our treasury !!!
     
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    Think its probably worse than that. There isn't really a treasury in the sense we like to think of.

    If all your "money" is promises to pay something, someday...not sure how a stack of fictional paper promises is considered treasure?
     
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  10. TAEZZAR

    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    You got me !!! LOLOL
    I was actually thinking of the gold that is SUPPOSED to be in Ft. Knox.
     
  11. Aurumag

    Aurumag Dimly lit. Highly reflective Midas Member Site Supporter

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    Would you guy and gals hate me if I decided to get a fed.gov job?

    They make some serious bucks!
     
  12. Area51

    Area51 Silver Miner Seeker

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    Not for much longer - - Trump Almighty is going to clean house and get rid of all those bloated bureaucrats. You just wait.

    Hurr durr - - maga to the moon!
     

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