Saturday, August 22, 2009

VERY Expensive Clunkers and Zombies, Too!!

You thought handing out $4K/car was a bit......ahhhh.......imprudent?

Wait until you get the REST of the bill.

A relative of mine is a GS-15 in one of the agencies in the Department of Transportation. He called his wife, who is visiting us, to say that he was going to answer an urgent request made by DoT for people to come in this weekend to help handle the backlog of paperwork for the Cash for Clunkers program. He said that he would earn time-and-a-half in his pay grade for the hours he works.

For a GS-15, that would be about $90 an hour. Apparently, the call only went out to current employees in the agencies under the DoT's umbrella. So GS-15 in Washington, D.C., all of whom make over $100,000 and get superb benefits (including early retirement and better health care than the rest of us) might be able to pick a couple grand over the weekend for reviewing applications
. --quoted in PowerLine

Frankly, that pay arrangement is ridiculous. In the Real World, if you're knocking down $70K or so as a salary, "time-and-a-half" is almost unheard of.

And Citigroup evidently found work for 300 of its people as temps for DoT. It was a Zombie-to-Zombie deal........

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