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It Pays to Be Dead: Federal Checks to Dead Employees

Written by Gary North on May 8, 2012

It may seem incredible, but the U.S. government has spent $120 million over the last five years to pay dead federal employees.

Yet the government insists it is running a fiscally tight ship. Congress cannot seem to find ways to cut spending.

In one case, a man died in 1971. His son collected his paychecks for 37 years. The government discovered the error when the son died.

The Director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management insists that his office has made cleaning the records a priority.

For some reason, the OPM failed to implement a series of 14 reforms suggested by the inspector general in 2005.

But this will be fixed Real Soon Now.

The Director says the OPM is trying to get back $13 million. Good luck with that!

The acronym OPM is also used for “other people’s money.”

Government investigators found that more than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each from the massive economic recovery package went to people who were either dead or in prison.

It is clear what needs to be done. Anyway, it is clear to the Director. He went to Congress to request more money for the OPM. It has spent $100 million to upgrade its computer system over the last decade. Its work force has doubled. But this is not enough.

It needs OPM.

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6 thoughts on “It Pays to Be Dead: Federal Checks to Dead Employees

  1. DEFEATOBAMAIN2012 says:

    Those same dead people are voting in every election, so what's the problem.
    Solution Replace the Director who doesn't seem to know what he doing.
    It's obvious his brain is dead.

  2. Dead people are an important voting constituency for Democramps. Dems will never cut off their paychecks, and if anyone tries to do so, they will be called racist.

  3. CrustyOldGeezer says:

    What would make it easier get crap like this under control would be severe punishment for "criminal malfeasance in office" I suggest the mandatory death penalty for 'serious offenses' and life at hard labor for 'minor offenses'.

    It shouldn't take too many convictions and penalties carried out before it will be extremely hard to find people to fill all the newly emptied out positions.

    INSTANT smaller government!

  4. Pure purposeful incompetence!!! Until a national database is created where every death is entered from the death certificate and/or funeral home or cemetary, this will never change. Dead people will vote, dead people will receive social security checks, etc. It is a problems democrats don't want to fix, so they can exploit it for their own purposes!!

  5. Both parties are at fault – even Republicans. They're all complicit in this. Get your facts straight.

  6. Giving ones the Death Penalty isn't the Answer, as this won't Stop this from continuing…. I suggest that whoever commits these Crimes of Stealing ( as this is what it is ) that they are to go out with a Sign attached to them and make them Sweep the Streets, Side-walks, Parks & Recreation areas….. and they must do this NO MATTER what the Weather is like…..they can dress appropriately for whatever….. If they FAIL to show-up, then they will be docked for the day as well as another day added to there time they must do this for…..( Another words they will have 2 days added to there Punishment ) and if they are persistent in complaining or doing it too often, then Add more to the punishment….. As for the Sign they will wear while on the Street or other places, it will Read that they Stole Money from us Taxpayers and the Government to whom they are NOW paying it back by doing there Punishment accordingly….. By doing this, they will be Ridiculed and embarassed while performing the Punishment…… If they Refuse in any way, then Lock them up and give them only Bread & Water and NOTHING more…..