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Of the $439 million in 2011 federal bonuses tracked by a 9 News Now investigation, a list of 54 government workers has uncovered some special qualifications, including a man who led Navy Seals to Osama bin Laden.

“That enabled us to pinpoint, find, and conduct the raid on Osama bin Laden, which is rather amazing,” said Senior Executives Association spokeswoman Carol Bonosaro about the bonus winner’s actions. “I think it’s unfortunate that the American people don’t know what they do.”

Other federal workers who received the top bonus, she says, argued the Elian Gonzales case before the Supreme Court, developed nuclear and biological sensors for soldier backpacks and vehicles, designed ways to make mattresses safer from fire, made possible emergency Haitian earthquake relief, protected endangered species during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, shielded America’s corn from an unauthorized release of genetically-modified grain, and removed the air pollution equivalent of 166 million cars.

The White House said the number of recipients in the program, which was established in 1978, is capped by Congress, but President Obama cut the program deeper.

Source: WUSA9

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