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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Beware the double-dip sidestep

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Arkansas's recent efforts to curb double-dipping — simultaneous retirement and rehiring of public employees into the same job with both retirement and regular pay — are being emulated elsewhere.

Article in today's New York Times
reports on abuse of the practice in Arizona. Please note a wrinkle that may not have been fully considered in Arkansas. It's a big loophole. What if a public employee retires, takes retirement pay and then gets hired by a private firm that contracts with a public agency for consulting services that amount to more or less the same work and the same pay? That would be legal in Arkansas, I believe, if odious. The article outlines some other double-dip work-arounds. Keep your eyes peeled.

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