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1 freetoken  Sat, Feb 18, 2012 1:55:26am

There are lies, damn lies, and then statistics.

Instead of so quickly assuming one actually understands that OPM page from which the writer claims to get his information, let's investigate it more closely.

Here are two claims from that same page:

Retirement Eligibility: 57% of full-time permanents covered under Civil Service Retirement (excluding hires since January 1984)

Retirement Plan 11.9% Civil Service Retirement
82.56% Federal Employees Retirement System and Social Security,

Something doesn't compute, eh?

And, go to page 27 of this document:
[Link: www.opm.gov...]
to get a better breakdown of the salaries.

There one will see that the US government hires quite a few "professional" and "administrative" personnel. This is why the "average" is so high. Also note that the median salary is lower than the average salary - it would be more accurate to compare median salaries than average salaries as averages are easily skewed by extreme values on either end.

2 researchok  Sat, Feb 18, 2012 2:00:42am

And these are just labor stats as cited by WAPO.

I can only image how economic and tax numbers are manipulated.

3 freetoken  Sat, Feb 18, 2012 2:33:06am

re: #2 researchok

I don't know what is "manipulated", but I do know that many commenters on this subject aren't telling the whole picture.

One can easily see what Federal jobs are available, and the pay ranges, by just going to [Link: www.usajobs.gov...] . If someone is so jealous of federal employees all they have to do is apply for one of the many job openings.

4 researchok  Sat, Feb 18, 2012 2:38:01am

re: #3 freetoken

I should have said 'packaged' rather than manipulated.

All in all, very frustrating.


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