Closer Management Can Rein In Agency Contractor Ranks

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    Jaime Gracia
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    Recent testimony to a Senate subcommittee by Daniel Gordon, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, claimed that insourcing federal work isn’t the only means to reaching an appropriate number of federal workers and contractors who handle a federal agency’s work.

    “In many cases, overreliance on contractors may be corrected by allocating additional resources to contract management.”

    Although he does not elaborate on this theory, I am curious as to the logic behind the statement. The debate about insourcing and rebalancing the workforce is to bring back into government work that is determined to be inherently governmental, “closely associated” with inherently governmental functions, or mission critical.

    How will better contract management affect these categories of work that determine what should and can be outsourced?

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