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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Nothing like double dipping on our dime. This is going on everywhere inside government.

    Schools spend $1m to rehire retirees

    Pay is in addition to pension benefits

    Email|Print|Single Page| Text size – + By Tracy Jan
    Globe Staff / May 8, 2008

    The Boston school system, struggling with a deficit that could lead to shuttered schools, is spending more than $1 million this school year to rehire retired employees who are each already receiving tens of thousands of dollars in annual pension payments.

    more stories like thisIt is a legal practice that has grown in recent years with too little oversight, leaving the door open for abuse and waste at a time when the school system is pinched for cash, according to a city watchdog agency.

    "They were hiring people they had worked with, and they were kind of doing them a favor," said Jeffrey Conley, executive director of the Boston Finance Commission, which reviews all city contracts worth $10,000 or more that are offered without public advertising. "It was just getting out of control. As these contracts escalate in number, everybody's thinking, 'Wow, this is a pretty good little deal.' "

    Conley, who first raised concerns about the practice to school officials last year, said that in some cases, the contracts appear to run afoul of a state law that bars returning retirees from earning more, pension and contract combined, than the current salary of the last position they held. The Finance Commission rejected dozens of contracts this school year because the school system did not provide documentation of retirees' pension benefits when calculating their wages.

  2. BelichickFan

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    Although it's legal, I have a problem with it. You're either retired or you're not. As you know I work for the DoD - supposedly if someone retires they aren't allowed to be re-hired as a contractor doing the same job for 3 years but somehow they seem to get around it.

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