The top tier law firms have just announced salaries for 1st year associates.
The salary of a first year associate now exceeds the salary of every career federal regulator in the US government. The citizenry ponder why existing regulations allow billionaires to pay only a token level of taxes; little wonder if the federal government can only attract at its senior most levels only those very few extremely qualified personnel who have a passion for serving the public however great their personal sacrifice, a rare find in the predominant “Me Only” generation.
Consideration should be given to tripling the salaries of those in the Senior Executive Service and reducing its size by two-thirds; small incremental increases will not address the issue but the aforementioned budget neutral proposal will constitute a gigantic step in the right direction. The fact that SES member salaries will be above those at the cabinet level is not a problem because their salary increases will materialize in their post government employment.
Appointment to the SES should be contingent upon first soliciting the views of an Advisory Council evenly divided between active and inactive members of the SES.
Managing Director of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness Former Assistant Director of OMB