Too Many Me’s! But, how many exactly?

Hey everyone 

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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I’ve been in federal services sales for nearly a decade now. This is really just another way of saying that, while the rest of my nation ( and my state) struggled through the Great Recession, I was hiding out in a $300 billion alternate universe.
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Spence Witten
Director of Federal Sales
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  1. Maybe the first step would be to identify all the Xs. Let’s crowdfund a study!

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    Frank McNally
    Director, Learning & Content Development
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    Sent: 01-23-2017 19:50
    From: Spence Witten
    Subject: Too Many Me’s! But, how many exactly?

    Hey everyone 

    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

    Lunarline Blog remove preview
    Boom Town: A Federal Contracting Explosion & The Collateral Damage – Lunarline Blog
    I’ve been in federal services sales for nearly a decade now. This is really just another way of saying that, while the rest of my nation ( and my state) struggled through the Great Recession, I was hiding out in a $300 billion alternate universe.
    View this on Lunarline Blog >

     

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    Spence Witten
    Director of Federal Sales
    Lunarline
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