Government Advertises for Nearly 2,600 New Jobs Since Sequestration
New job postings at random agencies include a six-figure IT specialist at the Railroad Retirement Board, an exhibition aid for the National Gallery of Art, an Albanian-language broadcaster, and a space-assignment technician at the National Archives.
The office of the president is advertising for a management analyst, with a salary of $51,630 to $97,333 per year, to provide "assistance, research, advice and consultation on a full scope of administrative, managerial and financial projects in support of the Office of Administration." Relocation assistance is not included.
If anyone does want to complain about sequestration job losses, though, the Office of Personnel Management is hiring a customer service specialist for its call center.
Last week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) wrote to Acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients, noting that many nonessential federal job postings were still going up despite pressure on the office to warn agencies that hiring activity should be scrutinized in the face of sequestration.
On the first business day after sequestration, 606 new jobs were posted on the USA Jobs site.
"While some of these positions may be essential to the mission of the agency, others plainly are not," Coburn wrote. "…According to OMB, the average annual salary for a government employee is around $76,000. This means that the average new hire equates to a one week furlough for 52 current government employees."
Jobs found by Coburn on March 4 and highlighted in the letter to Zients included 23 openings that included "recreation" in the title and a historian for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
"While the Air Force may need leadership for its museums and history programs, and the USDA may need to keep its literature in order, those needs should take a back seat to the dire threat to public health and safety that some have claimed will result from sequestration," Coburn wrote. "Canceling the opening for the librarian position at USDA could offset one week of furloughs for as many as 104 to 156 food inspectors."