U.S. employees rake in big bucks for “hardship” in Havana

U.S. government employees assigned to Havana get an automatic 35 percent bump in salary. It’s known as a “hardship differential,” and it’s given to employees only when their foreign posting “involves extraordinarily difficult living conditions, excessive physical hardship, or notably unhealthful conditions affecting the majority of employees officially stationed or detailed at that place.” American … Read more

Cushy gig at taxpayer expense

USAJOBS posted an ad for a “senior executive” at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. The ad gives few details, but Joan Mower gladly fills in the blanks on Twitter: Great USG job @ fun, small agency. Good salary ($176,500), no education needed, no heavy lifting, virtually no … Read more

Six-figure salaries are routine at federal agency

Nearly 90 percent of the employees at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in Miami earned more than $90,000 per year in 2017, the latest year figures were available, according to Feds Data Center. Forty-seven employees – or 44 percent – earned more than $100,000, and 48 employees were raking in from $90,000 to $99,999, salary … Read more