Report: Government spends billions more hiring contractors over public workers

The article at cbsnews.com exposes the farcical effort to save money by reducing the “size” (number of employees) of the federal government:

“As Washington’s use of private contractors grows, the government is paying those contractors billions more than it would pay their government workers to do the same job, according to a study by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

In an attempt to verify frequently made claims that the government can save money by outsourcing its work, the nonprofit Project On Government Oversight (POGO) compared the total annual compensation for federal (and private sector) employees with federal contractor billing rates.

The group found that in 33 of the 35 occupational categories it reviewed, federal government employees were less expensive than contractors. On average, the federal government pays contractors 1.83 times more than it pays federal employees and two times more than what comparable workers in the private sector are paid.”

Author: Ben Slade

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