President Donald Trump wants to make the federal bureaucracy a meritocracy — capping employee salaries and shifting more dollars to merit-based performance bonuses.
Many will consider this a great proposal, but there’s a catch. While taxpayers can see most federal salaries, they can’t see performance bonuses.
In fiscal year 2016, the federal government awarded one million performance bonuses, racking up a $1.1 billion tab paid by the American taxpayer. Every cent, however, was hidden from public disclosure!
For example, the IRS awarded 2,000 "high-performing" employees bonuses despite their record of "serious misconduct such as unauthorized access to tax returns, substance abuse, and sexual misconduct."
Anti-transparency language inserted into federal union contracts is blocking the right of taxpayers to see how their money is being spent.
Opening the books on federal performance bonuses will require an act of Congress, and Congressman Mark Sanford (SC-1) is leading the charge.
The Federal Employee Bonus Disclosure Act would open the books on performance bonuses across the federal government.
Read our co-authored editorial published at the Washington Examiner today, Transparency On Federal Employee Performance Bonuses Isn't A Privilege, It's A Right, click here.
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