Paying federal employees not to work
The high cost of federal employees to taxpayers
by Pinedale Online!
February 17, 2014
Today is President’s Day, one of ten public holidays that taxpayers pay federal employees for not working. It costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to fund just a single paid holiday.
The idea of term limits has been put forward as ways to change the mindset of politicians into being more fiscally responsible towards taxpayer dollars and a strategy to reduce the cost of labor in running government. The idea includes term limits for politicians, requiring a permanent return to working in the private sector after a specified limit of time in government office, as well as term limits on how long employees can work in government service before being required to return to working in the private sector.
There are pros and cons on both sides of the debate, but the ultimate reality is that federal employees are expensive. Click on the links below for related stories on the debate.
Federal paid holidays cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars - Pinedale Online! September 5, 2011
Term Limits in the United States - Wikipedia
www.restartcongress.org - Arguments for term limits
Poll: Americans strongly back term limits for Congress - USA Today, January 18, 2013
Additional costs beyond salary of federal employees - OPM.gov, New Federal employee benefits, paid by taxpayers (health insurance, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term care insurance, sick leave, annual leave, retirement program, thrift savings plan, beneficiary benefits)
Comparing Benefits and Total Compensation in the Federal Government and the Private Sector: Working Paper 2012-04 - Congressional Budget Office – cost to taxpayers to have government employees