So I’ve never been shy about commenting on how I think there are just way too many contractors in the federal workforce (e.g, in the blog post below). I think over reliance on contractors is bad for government, but I also think it’s bad for industry.
Of course the exact number of contractors in the federal workforce is tricky to calculate. But I don’t think it’s impossible. We know how much the government spends. We know generally what it buys and it buys it. We have a good idea what it spends on the things it buys, and even know enough to weight by contract type.
Just solve for like a million different X’s right?
Does anyone know any good formal scholarship that attempts to tackle the issue of counting contractors in a disciplined fashion? I know Dr. Paul Light has taken a few cracks at this question. Any others?
Boom Town: A Federal Contracting Explosion & The Collateral Damage – Lunarline Blog
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