(CNSNews.com) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 59,297 employees – 17.3 percent out of 342,089 workers total -- that make $100,000 or more in yearly salary, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Among those employees, 18,709 of them earn a salary of $180,000 or more.
An OPM database, FedScope, contains historical data on the federal civilian workforce going back to 1998. The database holds information about civilian federal workers employed by most Executive Branch agencies (excluding intelligence agencies, the White House, and the Office of the Vice President) and some Legislative Branch agencies. It does not include employees of the Judiciary Branch or congressional staff.
The database includes the numbers for federal workers at varying “salary levels,” set out in $10,000 increments, ranging from “less than 20,000” dollars to the highest level of “180,000 or more” dollars in annual salary.
As of March 2014, there were 342,089 federal civilian employees working in the Veterans Administration covered by the OPM database. Among those employees, 59,297 made a six-figure salary or more, or 17.3 percent. Another 30.2 percent of VA employees made a salary of $80,000 or more and more than half of VA employees, 51.2 percent, make $60,000 or more.
When filtering the database for government agencies whose employees make $180,000 or more, the highest salary category listed, the VA tops the list with 18,709 employees.
The number of workers making $180,000 or more at the VA far surpasses the 17 other department agencies listed, including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the State, to name a few.
The VA has come under fire recently for deaths that have happened because of long waiting lists and insufficient care.“Referencing data obtained by a Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the report shows that the VA spent over $200 million in wrongful death payments to 1,000 families of deceased veterans between 2001-2011,” the report states. “For some veterans who died waiting for care, the VA did not disclose anything, and instead tried to bury the information.”