The article reports:
A new hire at the Environmental Protection Agency hit the jackpot when the employee’s new bosses awarded her $9,000 in performance bonuses for less than three months of work.
The EPA’s inspector general said the newly hired director of the environmental agency’s RTP Finance Center in Raleigh was paid two separate performance bonuses of $4,500 shortly after beginning work.
“The total award amount of $9,000 represents approximately 25 percent of the Director’s salary for that 3-month time period.
The article mentions that management had decided that they had to treat new directors well. It’s really easy to do that when it’s not really your money and you don’t have to worry about making a profit.