44 Days Paid Time Off for the Average Federal Employee Costs Taxpayers an Estimated $24 Billion

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Is this France? With the addition of Juneteenth, federal employees now have an average of 44 days off every year. That is almost nine full weeks of paid time off!

President Joe Biden gave millions of federal employees the day off this year to celebrate the new federal holiday, which marks June 19 as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.


The federal government employs approximately 2.1 million civilian employees, plus 1.3 million active-duty military personnel and around 500,000 postal service employees.

Before Juneteenth was made a federal holiday, federal employees received pay for 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days and 20 vacation days per year on average.

Auditors at OpenTheBooks.com estimate these benefits cost taxpayers $24 billion annually. Adding the new 11th federal holiday increases that figure.

Congress is also trying to get federal workers another day off for Election Day, with H.R. 1 already passed by the House, and the Senate yet to vote.

That bill would add Election Day as a new paid holiday every two years for congressional and presidential election years. It would also require states to have early voting and no-excuse absentee ballot voting, which would seem to negate the need for a day off.

Where does it end?

The #WasteOfTheDay is presented by the forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com.

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