Fauci on track for massive pension as highest-paid federal employee in history

Amid recent speculation over if and when Dr. Anthony Fauci will retire, a startling fact about the controversial immunologist has emerged, namely, that when he does ultimately call it quits, he is poised to be paid a pension that exceeds President Joe Biden’s salary and will officially be the highest-paid employee of the federal government in history, as the Daily Wire reports.

The outlet cited data published by government transparency nonprofit Open the Books in noting that once he leaves his roles as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID) and key advisor to Biden, Fauci will be set to receive annual payments in the eye-watering amount of $414,667.

The staggering sum was bolstered in large part as a result of the the 5% and 5.4% salary bumps Fauci received in 2020 and 2021, respectively, which put his estimated final salary at more than $530,000 and paved the way for his very healthy pension entitlement.

Fauci, 81, has been a federal employee for nearly 60 years, and his current level of earnings places him ahead of National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who both take home $203,500 per year, and, of course, Biden himself, who receives $400,000 annually.

Heightened interest in Fauci’s pension was spurred last week in part by a Politico interview in which Fauci suggested that he would likely not remain in his current role once the end of Biden’s current term arrives, something which spurred much speculation in the media.

As The Hill reported, however, Fauci himself later clarified that he has no current plan to fully fade into the career sunset, stating, “I’m not going to retire. No, no, I’m not going to retire. I may step down from my current position at some time.”

“I said a very innocent but true thing. I said whether it’s Donald Trump or it’s Joe Biden’s second term, I don’t intend to be in my current position in January of 2025,” Fauci said, adding, “[w]hat happens between now and then I have not decided, but the one thing I do know is that I have other things that I want to do in a professional way that I want to have the capability – while I still have the energy and the passion to do them.”

GOP Sen. Rand Paul (KY), with whom Fauci has frequently locked horns during the COVID-19 pandemic, has voiced skepticism about the doctor’s future, however, opining late last year, “If Republicans take over either the House or the Senate, Fauci will retire. And that would be the best thing for the country because he’s been so damaging… .”

Paul has also vowed to bring all of a putative Republican majority’s investigatory powers to bear in probing the federal coronavirus response in which Fauci played a major role, stating, “We will use the subpoena power to bring forth all the records. …We’ll get to the root of everything.” Americans deserve nothing less, and hopefully the senator and his colleagues deliver on that pledge of accountability.