02/05/19 1:48 pm
Contractor accountability is always a difficult problem for federal agencies. Contractors are usually brought in and categorized by various Administrations and Congress as more efficient and cost effective when in fact that’s seldom true. Politically it’s the perfect answer for people who wanna reduce the size of government. Then the political appointees of the given administration simply won’t hold them accountable because they think it’s working and the right measure and often their idea.
Then future administrations get boxed in by congressional supporters who accuse the new administration of supporting inefficient government. Meanwhile, over time the cost of contracting is much more than if it weren’t contracted.
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