"....The staff is sick and tired of the impunity extended by the office of the Secretary-General to senior managers for their failings especially in situations where it has led to death and disability....."
- UN Staff Union
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Austerity Measures Not Seen in Top-Ranking U.N. Official's Salaries
The United Nations, facing one of the most serious financial challenges since its founding, has instructed top officials to pare their budgetsfor next year.
Meantime, the world body continues to pay its highest-ranking employees salaries that -- in addition to being tax-free -- are considerably higher than the taxable compensation received by cabinet members and other top-ranking officials in the Obama administration, which has frozen federal salaries for two years as an austerity measure.
Confidential U.N. personnel records obtained by Fox News also show that the U.N. at the end of last year, just before Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for spending cuts, employed 489 top-ranking executives on its payroll. That is slightly more than the number of equivalent positions -- 484 -- on the top-ranking payroll schedule of the U.S. government's executive branch.
The number of U.N. employees at top-level compensation is even higher when a host of U.N. Special Envoys, Special Representatives of the Secretary General, and their deputies are added in, as the U.N. payroll records do.
These dignitaries are paid in the same extremely generous fashion.
The additional top brass brings the number of highest-ranking U.N. officials to 560 -- about 16 per cent more than the number of officials on the so-called Executive Schedule of the U.S. government payroll, whose pay is set by Congress.
The average salary of officials on the five levels of the U.S. Executive Schedule as of last December was $162,111, before taxes, according to the U.S. Government's Office of Personnel Management, which keeps the salary records.
On paper, the salaries of top U.N. officials appear to be the same or even, in some cases, slightly lower than those of their U.S. counterparts. But the U.N. paychecks are boosted beyond the salary scale on the books by a so-called "post adjustment" -- a shifting salary multiplier based on the cost of living where they work, which is universally applied but does not show up on the pay charts.
The discrepancy in pay with top U.S. officials is made even larger by the fact that employees based at U.N. headquarters in New York -- and indeed, in most places around the world -- pay no income taxes. (For U.S. employees of the U.N., who must by law file U.S. income taxes, the amount is repaid out of a U.N. compensating fund.)
To show how the system works: In the case of U.N. Secretariat employees in New York City, for example, the current post-adjustment multiplier is 61.3 -- meaning that they receive as their actual salary 161.3 per cent of the amount listed on U.N. pay charts.
In other designated headquarters cities, where most of the remaining top U.N. executives work --Rome, Vienna and Geneva -- the post adjustment is either nearly the same as the New York figure, or, in the case of Geneva, higher by a half.
The only cheaper U.N. headquarters city is Nairobi, where the post adjustment factor is little more than half the New York rate -- meaning salaries are still 32.5 percent higher than officially posted on U.N. salary scales.
To get a rough idea of the comparative U.N. advantage, Fox News used the post adjustment for New York City, by far the biggest U.N. headquarters city, as the starting point for calculations. The U.N. base salaries used were first reduced by the amount of an internal U.N. tax equalization assessment before the post adjustment was applied, in the same way the U.N. does its calculations. (The so-called staff assessment is the tax equalization fund used to pay the taxes of those, including U.S. citizens, whose earnings are otherwise taxed by their native countries.)
Even with that reduction, using U.N. tables, Fox News estimates that Secretary General Ban's very top lieutenants do considerably better than even U.S. Cabinet officials. A U.N. Under Secretary General (USG), for example, is deemed in diplomatic terms to be the equivalent of a U.S. Cabinet secretary -- the secretary of state, for example -- who is at the top level of the Executive Schedule, earning $199,700 per year.
The USG, on the other hand, is shown on the formal U.N. pay scale with one dependent as earning $145,854.
But once the New York post adjustment is applied, that amount rises to $234,827. Even in Nairobi, where the cost of living is lower, the post adjustment would bring the USG salary to $192,899.
But then comes another twist. The U.N. salary, at this point, is tax free, while U.S. government officials must pay federal and state taxes based on where they live, which would lower their salaries (assuming no deductions) by about 21 percent on federal taxes alone.
The same differences due to post adjustments apply to the salaries of U.N. Assistant Secretaries General (ASGs), whose equivalent U.S. posts are at Level 2 or 3 of Washington's Executive Schedule, and for U.N. directors of agencies, known as D2s, who are at roughly Level 5 of the executive scale.
Using the same method of calculation, a New York-based ASG with a dependent earns $133,776 on the formal U.N. salary scale. But after the New York post adjustment is applied, the salary suddenly climbs to $215,781, tax free.
The most generous U.S. equivalent salary on the Executive Schedule would be $179,700 -- before taxes.
For D2s, the calculation is a little more complicated, because salaries can rise with years of service in six graduated steps.
Taking the third of the six steps as a starting point, the D2 salary with a dependent would be $116,320 on the formal U.N. pay chart.
After the New York post adjustment, however, it would be $187,624, tax free.
The U.S. equivalent salary, level 5 on the Executive Schedule, is $145,700.
637 UNDP Staffers are Millionaires, and another 1041 UNDP staffers have enough salary (income) to justify million dollar homes in New York (or tri-state area NY/NJ/CT).
UN/UNDP's budgets are untransparent !
U.N. budget is “utterly opaque, untransparent and completely in the shadow” and would benefit from being consolidated and audited from the outside. MMB from NyTimes
JOSE RAMOS HORTA - PRESIDENT OF EAST TIMOR
‘‘You know how many layers of bureaucracy there are when the European Union wants to help East Timor? Well, they don’t provide the funds to us, the funds allocated are managed by world bank. And the world bank has its own layers of bureaucracy. And they charge for that. The project is then managed by UNDP. But UNDP is only good at doing studies, they don’t execute projects.’‘
Boutros Boutros-Ghali on UN:
"perhaps half of the UN work force does nothing useful"
Can Helen Clark be trusted on Climate Change ?
President Obama's answer to Helen Clark's appeal for US to do more on climate change was : "I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth that ... if the message is somehow, we're going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don't think anybody's gonna go for that," he said. "I won't go for that."
In 2011 Rami Makhlouf - a trusted development partner of UNDP in Syria
In 2008 U.S. Treasury designation: Rami Makhluf Designated for Benefiting from Syrian Corruption (Click on photo to see US Treasury page)
"Screwed" How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off
A full chapter (7) dedicated to UNDP and UN Secretariat. But it today at Amazon.com (click above picture)
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Asma al-Assad is UNDP's champion of reform in Syria
UNDP's special relations with dictators and terror is well documented. Yet, they continue to operate covered by UN Immunity. Click on immage for story.
Aicha Gaddafi You are Fired !
UNDP continues to be in bed with other dictators. Will clean it one at a time.
Where is NETAID money David Morrison?
UNDP Transparency Censored
UNDP's moto is: - eliminate the uncomfortable, frighten those who disagree, "educate" the perplexed..
UNDP Chief Finance Officer
The UNDP is a secretive organization and so far has kept in the dark every information related to its Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mr. Darshak Shah. Click on the picture for more on Finance Office of UNDP.
UNDP Belarus - best breast corner
Should tax-payers dollars be used to photograph beautiful breasts - even when making a valid point?
Uncle Helen turning UNDP into a cove of corrupt NZ labour politicians
CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE Chris Carter's latest Credit Card scandal - can he work at UNDP after that? It seems YES he is full tested!!
Helen Clark says: "No more cars"
Thinking about buying a new car this year? Why, you evil Westerner! You don’t need that. You are demanding your new car off the sweat, toil, and exploitation of the world’s poorest people in developing countries.
Eveline Herfkens belongs to Jail - she should return imemdiately Dutch Taxpayers money.
if anyone else would have done what Eveline Herfkens did, would have long been in jail. We denounce this impunity and demand justice.
Andrew Mitchell - says Helen Clark is up to no good!
1. UNDP’s partnership with the World Bank needs to be more effective, particularly in fragile and crisis-affected countries. 2. UNDP’s near universal mandate means its technical resources are spread very thinly. The Board does not provide strategic direction. HR management is weak. It has a weak results chain. 3. There is limited evidence of active senior management consideration of cost control. Country evidence points to mixed progress on demonstrating cost-efficiency. 4. The Executive Board is politicised and there is a lack of consensus on the key areas for reform. It is not clear that current plans for change will deliver the required depth and breadth of reform. 5. Evidence gathered at country level was highly critical of UNDP’s ability to deliver results. Its delivery can be undermined by staffing issues and bureaucratic processes. 6. Its performance in fragile states is mixed. It has reasonable training and a range of guidance and analytical tools but struggles to fill posts. 7. There is no evidence that the Climate Strategy was directly guiding resource allocation decisions
Mark Malloch Brown outraged over Aicha Gaddafi
“I hope she's not a UNDP Ambassador,” ...“I don't think it's UNDP. I was surprised when I saw that... she was an Ambassador to any part of the UN system.”
Travel Palestine - Rediscover Your Senses
Get ready to a sensual feast of ...sounds...scents of The Land of حماس Ḥamās Documentary sponsored by UNDP Funds (click on picture for video)
Helen Clark on UNDP's own corruption (Can she be trusted?)
“When funds intended for life-saving treatment and prevention are stolen, that theft is tantamount to murder.” CLICK ON PICTURE FOR MORE
Scandal in Rwanda with Human Development Report
Aurelien Agbenonci, UNDP's RR in Kigali accuses Khalid Malik of making up data without UNDP Rwanda's knowledge. Rwanda Government is unhappy !!!
H.E. Dirk Niebel - German Development Minister
"I take the accusations made in the media concerning corruption and breach of fiduciary duty at the Global Fund very seriously and I am sure that the Fund will clarify the matter without delay. Germany is one of the biggest donors to the Global Fund. I have therefore seen to it that a special review will be held. I have frozen all further disbursements to the Fund until matters have been fully clarified, and I will ask a representative of the Fund to come to the BMZ to discuss the matter."
US Amb. Joseph Torsella blows the whistle on UN budgets
U.N. Secretariat’s proposed $5.2 “regular” budget for 2012-2013, was “simply loosening our belt a little less than we originally planned.”
The U.N. Exposed
How the United Nations Sabotages America's Security and Fails the World (Click in picture to purchase the book)
Share now information about illegal dealings at United Nations
If you are in possession of UNDP or any other United Nations Agency' contracts, correspondence, financial records or databases, which you believe detail wrongdoing such as fraud, mismanagement and abuse of authority, and you have failed to have UN's internal control, oversight and justice systems respond and/or react to your claims, you can send them to UNDP-WATCH and we will make them public keeping your identity anonymous and confidential.
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Helen Clark is watching you!
Gaddafi aint got nothing on UNDP - Click on the picture for more!
Malakia: A Turk advises Greece on Economy
Kemal Dervis (Turkish) and George Papandreou (Greek) share many late-night phone calls together (Click on picture to read story)
Where does Ban stand on Libya?
C'est vraiment ce que tu veux pour ta carriere?
United Nations Dispute Tribunal finds Ethics Office decisions Appealable
Because UNDT is the first level of the UN’s two-tiered justice system, there is a possibility that this decision may be appealed. Hopefully, the Secretary-General will not be “absurd” enough to do so. Click above to go to GAP page.
Andrew Mitchell Demands Transparency from United Nations
And I promise you as well that in future, when it comes to international development, we will want to see hard evidence of the impact your money makes. Not just dense and impenetrable budget lines but clear evidence of real effect
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT UNITED NATIONS
Ban Ki Moon supports Ethics Decision on UNDP North Korea
Question: He recommends strongly that UNDP pays 14 months back pay to the whistleblower. Does the Secretary-General stand behind that recommendation? Should UNDP in fact pay that money, or are they free to rebuff that recommendation? Spokesperson: We will see what is going to happen. The Secretary-General of course is behind Mr. Benson on his report. There is no doubt about it. What UNDP will do, we will be seeing this; how they will implement that report.
UNDP Watch is a grouping of United Nations Staff committed to openness. We believe that everyone has the right to access information held by United Nations.
Despite a stated commitment to openness, UNDP remain a highly secretive agency.
Although a wealth of information is available on some UNDP websites, its Executive Board operate behind closed doors, much important programme and administrative information is never made available and, as a rule, information that is disclosed is provided only after relevant decisions have effectively been taken.
While UNDP has adopted “internal policies” on information disclosure, they in fact operate on precisely the opposite presumption. For the most part, they list which documents will be disclosed and when, and there is a presumption against the disclosure of all the other information they hold. They do not establish right of access, the lists of documents subject to disclosure is limited, they do not set out clear and narrow grounds for refusing access and they do not provide for independent oversight mechanisms to ensure proper implementation of the policy.
The UNDP WATCH is calling for the complete overhaul of these policies.
"...We believe that without accountability, there is impunity. We ask that you (Secretary General) not be complicit in cover-up of what happened prior to 11 Dec attack. The staff is sick and tired of the impunity extended by the office of the Secretary-General to senior managers for their failings especially in situations where it has led to death and disability."