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December 18, 2007

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miriam

Unlike government employees, contract employees, even whole contracts, can be terminated when they are no longer performing a function.

Government employees, and agencies, are forever.

D. Cupples

Miriam,

Not necessarily: if the government can hire whole companies on a contract basis, why can't it hire individuals under contract?

As I mentioned in the Blackwater example, the State Department could hire the same security guards for the same $600 per day but do it directly and under contracts -- instead of paying Blackwater to act as a middleman.

David Weller

Thanks for the alert; it's apparent the federal government has not adjusted well to contractor services management. We can thank Taxpayers for Common Sense and Citizens Against Government Waste for constant vigilance against government fraud, waste and abuse.

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