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AIG Plans Retention Pay for Staff Facing Dismissal

American International Group Inc., the insurer under fire for handing out bonuses after its $173 billion government bailout, budgeted $57 million in “retention” pay for employees who will be dismissed.

AIG disclosed the payments, part of a larger $1 billion program meant to retain staff, in a March 2 filing. The insurer was chastised yesterday by President Barack Obama for awarding $165 million to staff of the derivatives unit blamed for the firm’s near collapse, and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he’ll subpoena AIG to get details on those payments.

“Spending a billion dollars on retention payments while the company is on its deathbed is ludicrous, particularly when some of those payments are going to employees the company plans to terminate,” said Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The disclosure on expenses for “employees expected to be terminated” may signal AIG is planning staff cuts after leaving total employment unchanged at 116,000 last year, according to regulatory filings. The U.S. saved the firm from bankruptcy in September, and the company posted the biggest quarterly loss in U.S. history in the three months ended Dec. 31.

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