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Federal personnel rules were waived for Obamacare hires

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So many problems have plagued federal officials responsible for implementing Obamacare that the president recently ordered delay of an important mandate and did away with anti-fraud verification tools.

What hasn't been a problem, however, is hiring hundreds of bureaucrats to run Obamacare because federal officials waived civil service personnel rules intended to insure the government hires high-quality people, according to documents obtained by the Judicial Watch nonprofit watchdog group.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry granted "Direct Hiring Authority" to enable officials at the Department of Health and Human Services to expedite employment of 1,814 top-level administrators, most of whom would be paid in excess of $100,000 annually.

Berry's authorization was dated March 23, 2010, the day Obama signed Obamacare into law.

Among the 1,814 officials Berry freed HHS to hire without going through normal career civil service hiring procedures were 59 social science analyst/specialists at the GS-15 level, 350 health insurance specialists at the GS-15 level, 55 administrative and program specialists at the GS-15 level, 235 program analysts/management analysts at the GS-15 level, 291 public health advisors/analysts at the GS-14 level, and 261 consumer safety officers at the GS-13 level.

More than 1,100 of the new hires were GS-15s, the highest grade in the career civil service below the senior executive level. Federal pay in 2010 for GS-15s started at $99,628 and ranged as high as $129,517, not counting generous federal retirement and health insurance benefits.

Go here for more information, including full texts of the documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act.

Mark Tapscott is executive editor of the Washington Examiner.

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