NYSERDA – A Poster Child for Government Run Amok

I did a little research tonight, looking at the payroll of a number of state agencies. I’ve been troubled for a while by the Office for Technology (OFT). The Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has a rather large payroll for what should be a simple set of tasks.

But the one that hit me tonight was NYSERDA, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority. With 284 employees (assuming they’re not hiding anyone), total payroll was $19.2 Million in 2009. That averages out to $67K. The average employee makes $67K?

But that’s not the best part. This is – job titles.

Assistant Project Coordinators: 5
Assistant Project Managers: 25
Associate Project Managers: 19

25 letters left in the alphabet.

Directors: 14
Finance Aides: 5
Information Technology Administrators: 5
Office Administrators: 8
Office Managers: 9

This is where it starts to get interesting.

Program Managers: 23
Project Coordinators: 24
Project Managers: 40

40 project managers? This would be a cruel joke if we weren’t paying for it.

Senior Office Administrators: 9
Senior Project Managers: 37

I was blown away by the 40 project managers, and now it turns out there are 37 senior ones?

Of the NYSERDA employees, 150, or more than half, are project managers or coordinators. That doesn’t include the 55 directors, program managers, office managers and office administrators.

Who do all these people direct, manage and/or coordinate?

Here’s my favorite:

Receptionists: 1

I think I’ve found another agency we can eliminate from the state budget.