WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - Our stories on federal salaries and bonuses have provoked a storm of controversy on the internet.
Some people have called them snarky, slimy and an invasion of privacy. Others say if you're paid by the taxpayers, the taxpayers have a right to know your salary.
The federal workers we talked to were furious. "Oh my gosh." "That's not cool at all," said Sandra Thomas when we showed her her listing.
The Asbury Park Press database allows you to search up most workers by name. "What happened to your privacy?" asked Thomas, who works for the Office of Inspector General at Health and Human Services.
"Everyone else that's in the private sector, their salary's not out there," says Chyanne McDuffie, who works for FEMA.
As federal workers, they know they're held to a different standard. "I wish it wasn't there," says , but I understand, being a public employee," says a man who works in security.
But some fear the implications. "If someone has an ulterior motive, to try and destroy someone's reputation," says a federal employee who doesn't want to give his name.
Federal workers are in the second year of a two year pay freeze.
And a lot of them resent the implication that they're overpaid. "How long has it been since you got a raise?" I asked Thomas. "Two years." "You going to get one this year?" "Not from what I've heard."
"My job here is 24/7. I'm on my BlackBerry. I'm answering emails all day, everyday," says McDuffie.
The American Federation of Government Workers points to federal poultry inspectors who are making just 32-thousand dollars a year to protect us from e coli contamination.
But the survey also found a Agriculture Department veterinarian who received one year, 62-thousand dollar bonus.
A Congressional Budget Office report this year suggested federal employees make about 2 percent more in total wages than private sector employees in comparable roles.
Statement of NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley on Salary and Awards Database for Federal Employees
The frontline federal employees that NTEU represents are not getting bonuses of tens of thousands of dollars. If they got any bonus at all last year, it would likely have been only a few hundred dollars. NTEU believes that bonuses can be a good tool for performance management, but awards of more than the annual salary of the majority of our members does not seem right, especially since agencies are under an aggregate cap of 1 percent of payroll since the beginning of fiscal 2012. Ultimately, very large bonuses to a few result in very small or no bonuses for many others.
Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
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