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Mapping the Swamp: Federal Bonus Payments in 2016

December 29, 2017 08:01 AM
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The U.S. Government doled out $1.5 billion in recruitment, retention, incentive, relocation, and performance bonuses last year (FY2016), but disclosed only 330,000 bonuses totaling $351 million. Performance bonuses of nearly $1.1 billion were withheld from disclosure, which is prohibited by anti-transparency language contained within the government-union contracts.

In our Oversight Report — Mapping the Swamp, A Study of the Administrative State, we mapped the 2 million disclosed federal bureaucrats by work location ZIP code. Search any ZIP code across America to review the name, agency, title, salary, and bonus of the administrative state. Just click a pin and scroll down to see the results that render in the chart beneath the map.

The largest federal bonus last year, $141,525, didn’t go to a rocket scientist or a doctor researching a cancer cure; it went to Bart Ferrell, a Human Resources Manager in charge of processing payroll at the Presidio Trust. This small land management agency, located in San Francisco, California, is the developer of the former military base.

Presidio Trust paid out three of the top four largest federal bonuses. Realtor Francene Gonek received an $80,330 bonus, while Michael L. Boland received a $74,688 bonus as a "Miscellaneous Administration and Program" employee. In total, seven in 10 of the agency’s 326 employees received bonuses.

When asked about the department’s pattern of awarding large bonuses, a spokeswoman from Presidio Trust issued the following response: 

"We are competing for talent in the Bay Area job market. Given the very high cost of living in the Bay Area, and the tight labor market, we make payments in addition to regular salary for the following reasons: signing, performance, retention and departure."

Overall, the Department of Transportation paid out the most in bonuses in FY2016: $54.4 million in total. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce weren’t far behind in bonus spending, awarding $53.8 million and $52.6 million, respectively. 

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8/13/2019 12:39 AM

  The non-productive internal part of any company entity is called overhead and is usually held at 10 percent; violating this is the road to failure and bankruptcy. The non-productive part of the USA entity is called government and contains about 23 percent of the entity's workers. Without incoming entity income to offset this, the result is no different than what happens to other entities be they an individual, a family, a town, a city, etc. And yes, even a country.

Santa Clara, CA
6/10/2019 12:09 PM

  The excuse always given when someone shovels our tax money into the pockets of cronies is the same: "To attract top talent blah, blah, and blah." Nonsense. It is no more or less than misappropriation of public funds. When the positions are vacant because the pay is too low, THEN maybe they should be paid more. Not before. For example, my city is next to San Jose. It is somewhat smaller in population, but still a good sized city. Both cities established a salary setting commission last year. San Jose's Commission awarded their city's Mayor and Council more than $150,000 in pay raises (raising their salaries by about one-third more), while Santa Clara's Commission awarded $ZERO. Guess which city is universally regarded as being better run, more efficient, and has much lower utility bills? You guessed it: the city that gave a zero dollar raise to it's Mayor and City Council.

8/22/2018 11:02 AM

  That argument about competition salaries is none valid, your compairing apples to oranges.