Pay and Benefits:

Data on Energy Employees Who Retired or Resigned in Fiscal Year 1989

GGD-91-14BR: Published: Oct 25, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO obtained information through a questionnaire on former Department of Energy (DOE) employees at grade 13 and above who retired or resigned during fiscal year 1989, focusing on whether the employees took jobs with government contractors or grantees and earned salaries higher than their government pay.

GAO found that: (1) 72 percent of employed respondents were working for government contractors or grantees; (2) over half of the respondents employed by government contractors or grantees received higher pay after leaving DOE, and 60 percent of them reported that higher pay had a major effect on their decision to leave DOE; (3) although most employees peformed the same type of work, they had less responsibility in their new jobs than they had at DOE; (4) most respondents indicated that such benefits as health and life insurance, bonus programs, and thrift savings plans were better in the private sector than they were at DOE; and (5) respondents cited career advancement as the most important reason for leaving DOE, followed by a desire to increase salaries and change personal career plans.

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