10d) balancing the budget – Labor
Labor is the single largest factor in administering the Federal Government. There are almost 24 million government employees. I have not been able to find any actual dollar stats, but if we use an average salary of $30K (probably low) plus 15% in taxes & benefits then this would total $828 Billion. According to several studies the largest labor productivity variable resides within the administrative function. Studies have shown that there can be a 2.5 multiple productivity difference between administrative employees doing identical jobs (from the worst to the best employee). I estimate that a 3rd party management consulting firm could easily improve administrative productivity by 25%, if not more that would represent a savings of over $200 Billion annually.
While on the topic of federally funded employment or subsidies let’s consider the following statistics from the us debt clock as of April 2015:
|Available – workforce||178,000,000|
|full time – private sec||97,000,000|
|part time – private sector||28,000,000||Tot private 125,000,000|
|unemployed not collecting||9,000,000|
|Retired collecting SS||48,000,000||Tot gov’t 92,000,000|
|Totals work force + retired||226,000,000|
41% of the total work force plus retired are being paid by the government. Only 53% of households are paying any income tax.