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
Status Report August: 2021 Based upon discussions with Administration and Congressional officials there appears to be little interest in addressing SES pay levels although cosmetic discussions continue. The executive branch of government is on a course of being managed by government contractors on a de facto basis. There is one group that might have sufficient clout to compel a serious consideration of this matter–the regulated community. Why would this community wish to participate in this activity? The answer is straightforward; one can address issues raised by an informed and objective overseer; lesser informed individuals often do not act in neither a consistent or predictive manner making it difficult to address their concerns. Worse yet, to the regulated community, is when the senior career positions in government are populated by individuals whose career choices are limited. To these ends exploratory discussions are underway.
One step at a time:
A huge obstacle has been removed. CRE is requesting drafting assistance for the introduction of legislation in the House along the lines of the proposal outlined above. Regardless of one’s position on the CRE proposal the introduction of the aforementioned legislative proposal will give life to a needed discussion on SES pay.
Please note that the Speaker’s program and the CRE proposal share one domineering component–both are budget neutral.