‘The Swamp’ Grows: Federal Payroll Hits New High Costing Taxpayers $225 Billion

By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy

With the disclosure of their largest payroll ever, the United States has set a new standard in American history.

Employees of 122 federal executive agencies now number 1.4 million — a 3.7 percent increase over the 1.35 million employees in 2016.

The U.S. also has civilian staff from the Department of Defense. Postal Service workers increase the number to 2.8 millions federal employees. This brings it up to $217 billion and $225 billion after inflation.

That’s according to a new oversight report from our auditors at OpenTheBooks, “Mapping the Swamp: A Study of the Administrative State (FY2020).”

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When you include 30 percent benefits, the taxpayer price of federal government rises to $292 billion

The cost is $2.3 million per second, $140 millions per hour, and $1.1 million per workday. (And this is just the disclosed payroll… there’s a lot missing that isn’t disclosed.)

And it’s getting more expensive: in the executive agencies, there were 532,784 highly-compensated employees who earned $100,000 or more in 2020, a 31-percent increase over the 406,960 in 2016. Staffers who made $300,000.00 or more saw a 52-percent increase in their earnings, while those making $200,000 or less experienced an additional 144%.

The 26,853 federal employees out-earned every governor, even the most highly paid New Yorker at $225,000, by a long shot.

The swamp wasn’t drained. It’s winning and larger than ever before.

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