Your solution does not make sense. The government needs to be smaller and work smarter. That means it has to retain its top people ... the one's with advanced degrees who manage hundreds of millions of dollars and have similar major responsibilities. Your one size fits all solution would make the federal government less responsive to the people than it is already and more inefficient. You sometimes have to spend money to make money (and, to save it). Do you want a bunch of dolts trying major lawsuits for the government, operating on our veterans and deciding cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars as judges? The people in those positions are not the ones overpaid; they are very much underpaid relative to the private sector.