In the midst of the administration’s efforts to drastically reduce the nation’s military personnel and hike pay for government employees comes this gem: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new director of which was unconstitutionally appointed by President Obama on Wednesday, is prepared to pay a salary of more than $100,000 for an employee to assist in planning bureau events.

According to a job listing on, the federal government’s official employment classifieds site, the CFPB is seeking an “invitations coordinator” to “support management of CFPB’s participation in external events by developing and maintaining databases and event calendar and providing advice and guidance on consideration of invitations.”

The position will pay up to $102,900, and carries lavish benefits, including “comprehensive health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs,” a federal retirement plan, and 10 paid holidays, 13 sick days, and up to 26 vacation days per year.

Here are some excerpts from the listing:

Job Title: Invitations Coordinator

Agency: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sub Agency: CFPB – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Job Announcement Number: 12-CFPB-145X

SALARY RANGE: $53,500.00 to $102,900.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 to Saturday, January 07, 2012

SERIES & GRADE: CN-0301-04

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time – Excepted service time-limited Appointment NTE 12 months; may be extended up to July 20, 2015


DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens.


Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – a groundbreaking organization solely devoted to the economic strength and vitality of American Families? Do you want to play an important role in making consumer financial markets work for all American families? Do you want to challenge yourself and others? If you answer “Yes”, then we have a career for you!  CFPB professionals have unparalleled opportunities to expand horizons for themselves and for the nation.  Be one of the founding members of an agency that will make a difference in the lives of everyday American families!

This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of External Affairs.  The Office of External Affairs is responsible for coordination of all external communication, with a focus on raising awareness of consumer issues through activities, messages, and interactions with Public Relations, Media, Communities, Industries, and Stakeholders.  You will support management of CFPB’s participation in external events by developing and maintaining databases and event calendar and providing advice and guidance on consideration of invitations.

This position is being filled under CFPB’s excepted service authority. This excepted service, time-limited position may be eligible for conversion to a permanent, excepted service appointment. Appointment under this authority does not convey competitive status.


  • Background investigation
  • U.S. citizenship
  • May be required to serve a one year trial period.


The major duties of this position include:

  • Develop and maintain a database to manage all invitations for CFPB to be represented at external meetings, panels, roundtables, conferences and other external events.
  • Research and provide background information so that the invitation can be appropriately considered by decision-makers.
  • Monitor and track all invitations and to ensure that all invitations are considered by the appropriate stakeholder and that decisions regarding the acceptance of the invitation are forwarded to CFPB staff in accordance with established timelines and protocols.
  • Develop and maintain the CFPB-wide calendar, ensuring that all accepted invitations are placed on the CFPB calendar, and that all appropriate CFPB staff are alerted and invited to the event/meeting.
  • Serve as expert on calendar issues, providing advice and guidance to CFPB staff on use of the calendar and on protocols for consideration of invitations



Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:

  • Challenging and rewarding work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year
  • Access to comprehensive health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs that may be continued after you retire
  • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods.  We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
  • Participation in the Federal Reserve Retirement and Thrift Plans; or continued participation in the Civil Service Retirement System or Federal Employees Retirement System.
  • Public Transit Incentive program (PTIP)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health Unit Services
  • Emergency Child Care Service (Contracted Service)
  • Fitness Center Access