DOE stimulus workers got $7.7 milion in golden parachutes when laid off
The Energy Department's Savannah River facility in South Carolina paid out a whopping $7.7 million in severance packages to 526 contract workers who had been hired temporarily under the American Recovery and Reninvestment Act when all that was needed was 60-day layoff notices.
An internal investigation by the Energy Department's inspector general concluded there was no reason to spend the money on golden parachutes -- which averaged about $14,600 per worker. The department knew for months the stimulus-funded jobs were coming to an end and had plenty of time to prepare the legally required layoff warnings.
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