Many Americans including myself believe the Federal Government is overstaffed and overpaid. This is due in part to lack of oversight within government departments which has allowed empire building to bloat the payrolls. There is also redundancy that could easily be eliminated through consolidation (e.g. the 17 intelligence agencies). Add to that the salaries levels are out of control. I thought GS 15 was the maximum salary level. It is not. There are senior level pay scales that top out at over $200 thousand per year. Executive Schedule (ES) 2017 2016 2015 2014 ES Level Education Level Salary ES Level 1 Ph.D. $207,800 ES Level 2 Ph.D. $187,000 ES Level 3 Ph.D. $172,100 ES Level 4 Ph.D. $161,900 ES Level 5 Ph.D. $151,700 What are these people doing that merit these salary levels all paid with our tax dollars? I propose that along with looking at layoffs within each department and consolidation, all departments implement an across the board furlough of 1 day off without pay for every 20 days worked. That would result in an immediate 5% cut in the Federal payroll with zero impact to services. This IMO is a no-brainer that should be implemented immediately along with other cost cutting measures that includes layoffs and shutting down and consolidation of departments and agencies.