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Holidays are happy for government employees

Lorenz T. "Marty" Martensen

Dear Editor,

Want to be rewarded all year long and again especially at Christmas? First be one of the noncareer Senior Executive Service officials who fall just below presidential appointees in rank and Schedule C employees who are lower-ranking and lower-paid. There are 1,935 of them.

Those senior individuals are appointed to jobs paying from $115,000 to $140,000 per year. That must make each year’s holiday shopping trips not burdensome. Just to make sure, awards of as much as $25,000 will be added to their stockings for “exceptional performance.”

Awards to the lower-aid politically appointed employees were prohibited in 1994 by Leon Paneta, the White House chief of staff. He commented, “If you start giving out cash awards to political appointees, it can be abused because someone’s doing a good job politically or just knows the right people.”

That was that chief of staff in 1994. This chief of staff, Andrew H Card Jr., ordered these distribution methods earlier this year but didn’t disclose it. I recall some piece of that endless campaign rhetoric about the necessity of controlling runaway spending, etc.

Always seems to be enough money in Washington, D.C., to do whatever the President’s team of advisers can dream up. I suspect that the regular staff employees who compete for an award by doing a good job are not fond of the Andrew H. Card Jr. system.

Lorenz T. “Marty” Martensen

Glenwood Springs

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