Kathleen Sebelius at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday said she is responsible for the problems with Healthcare.gov. Will she extend her ownership to the violations of privacy regulations? Will she own the pathetic demonstration that political expediency means more to HHS than the commitment to applicants’ privacy? Will HHS be a little more forgiving the next time another organization gets investigated for a HIPAA breach or will Tavenner and Sebelius be HIPAAcritical?
You want to enter in a fully burdened labor rate for this field. What that means is that you want to take the base hourly rate, plus 25-30% for employer payroll taxes, benefits, vacation/holiday time, etc.
For example, someone making $80,000 per year will typically work 52 weeks of 40 hours, or 2080 hours. $80,000 divided by 2080 is $38.46/hour. Multiply that hourly rate by 1.3, and you get $50.00/hour. Of course, rates of pay, taxes and benefits will vary from city, state and company; but 30% is usually a good number to use. Don’t forget to account for time-and-a-half or after-hours rates of pay if patching is being done in the late evening, early morning, or weekends (in order to avoid impacting user productivity).