EspañolBy Jorge Gómez Arismendi
In response to criticism for a salary increase for members of the Chilean Congress, the president of the Chamber of Deputies Aldo Cornejo indicated that “some advisors in the current administration earn more money than members of Congress, and that this goes completely unnoticed.”
According to El Líbero, the executive secretary of the National Council for Children, María Estela Ortiz, tops the list of the highest-paid government officials. She takes in around US$13,000 per month. She is closely followed by the macroeconomic coordinator of the National Budget Office of the Finance Ministry, Claudio Soto Gamboa, who makes around US$12,000 in monthly wages.
What procedures and criteria were used to hire these officials? How is their pay determined or readjusted? What control and evaluation mechanisms are they subject to? How are their powers and responsibilities defined?