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$100,000a-year Janitor: The Washington Times crunches the numbers behind former Mayor-for-life Marion Barry's District-government-as-a-jobs program. The results: lots of long-time employees in entry-level jobs earning senior-level pay. "The median salary for an executive assistant is now $72,000, with 1 in 10 making $90,000 or more, and the highest-paid making $110,000, a Washington Times analysis of tax records found. Payroll for the District’s 33,400 employees has swelled under the strain of a disproportionately aged workforce that includes thousands of low-level workers who are making salaries commensurate with many years of experience. ... Christopher Best, for example, a custodian who has been on his job since 1985, made $104,759 in 2010, up from $101,329 in 2009. ... Millions of dollars are spent yearly on workers whose functions are making photocopies and transcribing handwritten forms, and job titles still distinguish between secretaries who can type and those who can’t."

AFTER THE JUMP: Game of Thrones; Pepco Pays Taxes; Mamo Bill on Tap...

Game of Thrones: Ward 8 council candidate Jacque Patterson goes public in the Post with a much-discussed rumor that Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry plans on serving only a partial term after winning re-election next year. Patterson says Barry told him last week that the plan was for Barry to serve two more years and then "install" Christopher as the ward's top elected official. Barry says the rumors aren't true and he plans on serving a full term. The Post couldn't get ahold of Christopher, but they did a comment from maternal grandma Polly, who says Chris' mother Effi Barry would likely want her son to avoid a life in politics. Christopher, you may recall, recently injured his foot while jumping out of a window to avoid police, according to court records.

In Other News:

  • Gray and MPD Chief Cathy Lanier issue stern warnings to Occupy D.C. protesters.
  • Gray pick to lead 911 call center pledges to do something about emergency calls being bounced out to Maryland.
  • Charter school drives student growth.
  • Waldorf for Pennsylvania Ave?
  • Pepco says it pays taxes.
  • Examiner notes that Joe Mamo bill is on the council's schedule, doesn't say if there are enough votes to get it passed.

Gray sked: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Early Stages Minnesota Avenue NE Center Ribbon Cutting; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Press Conference to Launch www.StatehoodDC.com; 1:00 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.: Visit to Set of HBO’s Veep; 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: The SeVerna Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony;

Council sked: Gov ops at 3 p.m.

Comments

  1. #1

    The answer, my friends, is robots. We need humanoid robots to perform these mindless tasks. After purchase, they do not require salaries, don't drink on the job, and show up every day. ROBOTS!

  2. #2

    When discussing DC salary data, it's hard to take a list of all 33,000 employees on the payroll and make general conclusions.

    For instance, the data set doesn't identify what agency the employee works for (thus including employees of independent agencies like the University of the District of Columbia and DC Public schools in with those employees under the Mayor's authority).

    Nor does the data differentiate between regular and overtime pay. Oftentimes, employees cross the $100,000 threshold due to overtime (particularly in the Police and Fire departments, but also in positions where overtime is allowed).

    Including the grade of the employee and type of employee (unionized, excepted service, general service, etc., which determine the employee's pay schedule) would also help readers better analyze the data.

  3. #3

    Obfuscation.

  4. #4

    Randi surely is a one city bureaucrat.

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