The government is keeping the salary information of more than 250,000 employees secret, according to Andrew Andrzejewski, the CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, a website that tracks government spending.
Over the past 11 years, OpenTheBooks has compiled the salaries and bonuses of 2 million federal government workers and posted them online by zip code.
But this year the government concealed the salaries of 255,000 employees, Andrzejewski said.
“It’s one in five federal bureaucrats,” Andrzejewski told Stuart Varney on FOX Business’ “Varney & Co.” “Their salaries are now redacted, and we estimate that the total payroll funded by the American taxpayer now hidden in the swamp is $20 billion.”
This is part of a deliberate move by Obama administration hold-over Kathleen McGettigan, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, which has access to all of the salaries, according to Andrzejewski.
“It’s a classic case of the bureaucracy protecting the bureaucracy,” he added. “They are pushing back. This is the resistance to the Trump agenda to drain the swamp.”
The OPM had not responded to FOX Business’ request for comment at the time of publication.