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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 figures show.

The lowest paid employee in 2017 was a secretary who made $62,169 per year.

Topping the list was Maria de Lourdes González, with a salary of $168,700.

Maria González. Photo: OCB

Maria González was then director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB. She resigned in 2017. Feds Data Center did not list a salary for her replacement, former Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. He was named director in June.

The OCB website said the agency had a budget of $28.1 million and 117 employees. Feds Data Center had salaries for only 108 employees.

Tomás Regalado begins his new job as director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. Photo: U.S. Agency for Global Media (formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors)

The 2017 salary list is below:

GONZALEZ,MARIA DE LOURDES   —  $168,700.00 — GENERAL ARTS AND INFORMATION
RUBENSTEIN,IRVIN — $161,900.00 —  ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
GLENNON,JOSEPH F — $145,701.30 —  MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAM
FOYO,FELICIANO M —  $145,701.30 — MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAM
LINDEMANN,ADAM M —  $145,701.30 — MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAM
COSTA,JOSE A JR —  $145,701.30 — MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAM
MCKINNEY,ROBERT —  $145,701.30 —  MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAM
COVARRUBIAS,LUIS F —  $139,934.00 — GENERAL ARTS AND INFORMATION

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