Records uncovered from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) show that the division blaming cancer treatment curtailment on sequester paid more than $100,000 in bonuses to four of its top earners during the last two fiscal years. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Judicial Watch, Inc., filed on April 27, 2012 a request for the top earners’ pay records. Thirteen months later, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released eleven pages which showed the following.
1) The Deputy Chief Operating Officer, whose base pay is $179,700, was awarded:
- a 25% bonus on October 1, 2011 worth $44,925;
- another $10,333 bonus on Dec. 31, 2011; and,
- an additional $8,985 on Dec. 12, 2012
bringing her total compensation to $423,643 for the two fiscal years.
2) Meanwhile, the Director of the Office of Financial Management, whose base pay was also $179,700, was awarded:
- a 15% bonus on October 1, 2011 worth $26,955;
bringing her total compensation for the year to $206,655.
Total bonuses reflected in the documents amounted to $101,531. Total pay reflected in the documents for the four employees was $820,331.
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