Saturday, October 20, 2012

Makes Sense to Me

The Washington Post reports,
Federal employee and public interest groups are asking key members of Congress to significantly lower the limit on payments to Defense Department contract workers.
During a time when basic pay rates for federal employees have been frozen for nearly two years, the government can pay individual contractors up to $763,029. That amount should be substantially reduced because of “fiscal responsibility and fairness,” said the letter from 10 organizations.
This is important because of the taxpayers,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, in a telephone interview. “Nobody in the federal government makes that kind of money, so why should we pay contractors that? . . . If you want to find savings for taxpayers, this is a good place to find it.”
Follow the money.  Big dollar amounts identify one of the very first places to look for savings.  The immense  agency budgets like the Department of (War)Defense come most readily to mind but even the smaller amounts like contractor compensation can identify systemic issues that drive up costs.  So it makes sense to look hard at why we pay contractors more than the President of the United States. 



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