Why is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius staying on the job for weeks or even months until her replacement is confirmed? The conservative Daily Caller pointed to a possible financial motive: This week Sebelius “becomes eligible to receive a government pension and continue certain taxpayer-funded health care benefits when she hits her five-year employment mark with the federal government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policy indicates.” According to the Daily Caller’s math, “Sebelius, under the Federal Employee Retirement System, could receive an estimated $10,000 pension from the government each year.” That’s not much, but Kansas governors, insurance commissioners and state legislators are eligible for benefits from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, and Sebelius has held all three of those jobs.
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