Number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during recession

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    For feds, more get 6-figure salaries - USATODAY.com

    The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
    Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

    Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.

    The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.

    When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.

    The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules.
     
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    Not one person responded? I thought this would get a rise out of people:

    I guess everyone expects the government to do this kind of thing. We've become too complacent.
     
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    who approved the raises and when?
     
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    If a person has the skills and knowledge that rate such pay they should get it, now if you find a federally employed janitor making $170,000 I say good for him but there is something wrong with the picture.
     
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    do we know who these people are or what their situation is? or do you engage in idle speculation
     
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    Here's what we know. From the link:

    The private sector provides the money to pay government salaries. Yet the private sector cut 7.3 million jobs during this time. So were is the money coming from?

    I bet it's coming from a money tree. Here's an actual picture:

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    that is a very, very good point

    btw, do you know who authorized this? aren't these salaries approved by bush?
     
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    Don't worry, these new and improved salaries are "budget neutral", just like the Healthcare proposals.
     
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    More government waste pure and simple. Disgusting.
     
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    It would be a good point except for the fact that federal salaries are capped at what a Congressman makes. In 2007, Congressmen were making $170,000 so no federal employee could make more than that. When they raised congressional pay, top federal salaries raised also
     
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