The guy next door works for the federal government and you've always sort of wondered how much he makes. Hey, it's only natural. And since you do help pay him, it is sort of "your business." Well, now there's an online database where you can probably find out.
Assembled through Freedom of Information Act requests sent to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by Asbury Park Press, the DataUniverse Federal Employees, 2011 database allows users to look up the 2011 salaries, bonuses and merit awards of over 1 million non-military government workers or about 70% of the total federal workforce.
The database does not include employees involved in security work or holding jobs considered essential to national security. Employees with access to nuclear materials are excluded, as are employees of the FBI, CIA, Department of Defense and the IRS. The database contains most employees of the executive branch but does not include Congress, the White House, the U.S. Postal Service or independent agencies and commissions. A separate searchable database is provided for Postal Service employees.
Separate databases are available for 2008, 2009, and 2010, so you can see who has and has not gotten raises.
Most of them have not gotten raises in a while, because in November 2010, President Obama froze the salaries of 1.4 million civilian federal government employees through at least 2012.
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Since 2009, the members of Congress have voted to turn down their automatic annual raises.
The salaries of most federal, state and local government employees are considered public information and are not protected by federal or state privacy laws. Many states provide online databases showing the salaries of state employees. As with the federal government, information on employees involved in security or police work is typically excluded.
The guy in the photo: The fellow in the photograph is country music star Johnny Paycheck, best known for his 1974 hit, "Take This Job and Shove It!" Something very few federal employees would ever say these days.
Photo: Country Music legend Johnny Paycheck -- Get it? Paycheck? - Getty Images