Since the sequester took effect at the beginning of March, the Obama Administration has tried to play political games — including ending White House tours, threatening access to national parks, and furloughing air traffic controllers — all in an effort to make Americans feel the so-called “spending cuts.”
But despite the claims that the sequester — which is merely a small cut to the rate of spending growth over the next 10 years — is hurting Washington, the federal government has posted openings for some 10,300 jobs at a cost $792 million per year. That number is in addition openings the government was already trying to fill (emphasis mine):
The budget cuts known as sequestration were supposed to wreak havoc, forcing the shrinking of critical workforces including airport security officers and food inspectors.
But since sequestration kicked in March 4, the government has posted openings for 4,300 federal job titles to hire some 10,300 people.
The median position has a salary topping out at $76,000, and one-fourth of positions pay $113,000 or more, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of federal job listings.
Altogether, the jobs will pay up to $792 million per year. Including job postings that have been open since before sequestration, the government is in the market for 27,000 employees who will make up to $1.8 billion a year.
The Washington Times released a chart along with its report that shows how the openings break down. Nearly 40% of the openings are for jobs inside the Department of Agriculture, accounting for $403 million in salaries. Around 45% of the openings, with salaries over $966 million, are related to the military, DOD, DHS, and Veterans Affairs.
Many of the jobs posted by defense-related departments, however, are related to the service industry, such as bartenders, waiters, and bowling alley staff. Though some of those openings aren’t necessarily taxpayer-funded, The Washington Times notes that the many lawmakers feel that the “money speaks to the unyielding size of the government, which they say is the root cause of the sequester.”
Some of the openings in various departments are legitimate, but many are not. But despite the claims of poverty in the federal government because of the sequester, the leviathan in Washington continues to grow.