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Subscriber Special: $1.1 Billion in Fed Performance Bonuses Shielded

March 20, 2018 12:00 PM
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"Shining a light on federal performance bonuses is the next phase of the transparency revolution. We applaud Rep. Sanford for his bold leadership in introducing legislation to make that possible.
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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.

JOIN THE TRANSPARENCY REVOLUTION.
REMEMBER, IT'S YOUR MONEY!
Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-eff-ski)
CEO & Founder, OpenTheBooks.com
 
Thomas W. Smith
Chairman
 
Matthew Tyrmand
Deputy Director at Large
 
 

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