Federal Budget Cuts Won’t Slow Reliance on Contractors

Even with sequestration, Washington will pay $6 trillion for outside help for the rest of the decade.

Contractors who work for the federal government face a torrent of criticism.

Critics say contract security specialists failed to protect the ambassador when the U.S. consulate was attacked in Benghazi. They also note the contractors didn’t flag mental health problems with one of their own before he went on a shooting spree that left 13 dead earlier this year at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. And, of course, contract workers are having trouble getting HealthCare.gov running right.

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David Morris
Deputy Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Morris has covered every presidential election since 1984 and has been based in Washington since 1994. Before joining Kiplinger in 2010, he directed exit polling operations for The Associated Press, was chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and was managing editor and executive editor of National Journal's CongressDaily. He was also assistant director of the polling unit for ABC News, worked for three Pennsylvania newspapers and directed AP's bureau in Sacramento, Cal.