The Secret Service, GSA, now ICE:
In a brazen criminal scheme to defraud taxpayers, one of the highest-ranking officials in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to helping embezzle more than $500,000 from the federal government.
Over three years, James Woosley and at least five other ICE employees scammed the agency by fabricating expenses for trips that were never taken and for hotel, rental car and restaurant expenses that did not exist, according to court records.
Clearly, what we need is another agency to oversee ICE and other agencies. And maybe another agency to oversee that one. Hire a few $100k management types—heck, more than a few—and we’ll be good to go.
Since January 2009, the Obama administration has added 144,700 employees to a federal payroll that reached $433 billion in 2011. That net increase excludes postal employees, uniformed military and census workers.
While the Congressional Budget Office estimates that average federal salaries are only about 2 percent higher than those for similar private-sector employees, average benefits exceed private-sector levels by a whopping 48 percent. Even with adjustments for education level, work experience and occupation, the CBO found total compensation including salary and benefits was 16 percent higher for federal employees than for comparable private-sector positions.
We have an aging workforce in which 459,016 people earned at least $100,000 in average base salary last year. These rates are not sustainable on our current budget trajectory.
In addition to realigning salary and benefits with the private sector, another relatively painless way to begin addressing the turnover problem is to fire federal employees who are delinquent on their federal tax obligations. In 2010, some 98,291 federal civilian employees refused to pay their federal income taxes.
This subset of employees owed approximately $1 billion in unpaid federal taxes — an amount that has increased nearly 72 percent since 2004.
The U.S. Postal Service has been attempting to make these necessary changes over the past five years. Postal officials are taking important steps to right-size the workforce, consolidate assets and innovate their way to profitability.
USPS has 157,000 career employees eligible for regular retirement, and it expects an additional 100,000 to become retirement-eligible by 2015. This creates a rare opportunity to right-size the aging postal workforce through retirements.
A similar approach could help shrink and rebalance the rest of the federal workforce.
Ha, that’s pretty funny. What’s he smoking?
Mitt Romney should be able to win this race with one wife tied behind his back.