by D. Cupples | Private contractors tend to cost us taxpayers more money than government employees, if only by the amount of contractors' profits. In 2005, the old Congress and President Bush approved a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) provision, which requires the Defense Department to close the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). The AFIP performs three major services: diagnostic consultations, education, and disease research.
According to the Government Accountability Office, the DOD plans to privatize much of the AFIP's services. Apparently, the politicians controlling the U.S. government in 2005 hadn't learned from our nation's troubled history with private contractors -- or didn't care.