The Nation: Federal Pay Jam

Crowding at the top

R. Max Peterson, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, earns $50,112.50 a year. So does Associate Chief Douglas Leisz. So, in fact, do the five deputy chiefs below Leisz, the eight associate deputy chiefs below them, and almost half of the 35 staff directors below the associate deputy chiefs. In all, 177 people at the Forest Service are at that salary level. Says Kenneth Rashid, a Consumer Product Safety Commission official: "Only a committed Marxist could love a system where everybody makes the same amount of money. It simply stifles ambition...

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