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The High Cost of Private Contractors Compared to Federal Employees

How a Spate of Blunders by the Private Sector Screwed Over Consumers Last Month

The private sector has had a very bad month. Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown…

…Washington now spends about $500 billion on private contractors, more than double what it spent in 2000 even though the evidence is overwhelming that hiring contractors is more costly and less accountable than keeping the work in-house.

A thorough investigation by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) found that Washington pays private contractors almost twice as much as federal employees. In 33 of 35 occupational classifications, federal employees were less expensive.

David Morris, AlterNet

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

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