Each member of the Winograd Committee, the state commssion established by the cabinet in September 2006 to review the failures of the Second Lebanon War, earns a monthly salary of NIS 38,000.
The Winograd Committee was granted a total of NIS 21.4 million, according to an agreement between the cabinet secretary at the time (Yisrael Maimon) and representatives on behalf of the treasury's accountant general. This budget was then approved by the Finance Ministry and later by the Knesset Finance Committee.
The wages for the panel's five members (retired Justice Eliyahu Winograd, law professor Ruth Gavison, retired Majors General Menachem Einan and Haim Nadel and political science professor Yehezkel Dror) and was set based on the status of the committee, expected scope of its work and on earlier government investigative committee precedents.
For example, the Zeiller Committee's members, who investigated the police, earned daily wages of NIS 1,400 each.
According to the wording of the letter of appointment, "the treasury will provide the budgeting for the committee for auxiliary support to be appointed by the committee as needed. In addition, the Prime Minister's Office and the cabinet secretary will place any means necessary for the performance of its work at the disposal of the committee."
The committee's budgeting has been spread over a period of three years. Some NIS 3.041 million was allocated in 2006, while the panel's expenses totaled just NIS 0.268 million - 8.8% of the total budget. The committee's budget in 2007 was set at NIS 10.786 million, of which it utilized NIS 5.152 million, and in 2008 the committee was allocated another NIS 7.610 million, of which just 47.8% of the budget had been spent in the first 11 months of the year.
These very high wages for committee members are comparable to those of sitting Supreme Court justices. Retired Judge Eliyahu Winograd customarily charged a daily fee of $400 for his services as an arbitrator before agreeing to chair the committee. The committee's most costly expense during its two years of work, except for its own salaries, was consultancy fees, which totaled NIS 4.841 million.
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