DHS Requires 'Hi, I'm a Contractor' Introduction

October 31, 2011

Homeland Security Department officials want to draw a bright and shiny line between the two teams that work inside a federal department: the federal employees and the contractors.

Under DHS' FirstSource II draft request for proposals, officials are telling contractor employees to announce in all interactions that they are not federal employees but are, instead, contractors.

For example, contractor employees must introduce themselves, in person and in voicemails, as employees of their companies. They cannot try to elide the difference by saying they work for DHS. And if they're employed by a subcontractor, they have to identify the company, not say they are employees of their prime contractor.

And federal Homeland Security Department officials—not to be confused with contractors—are suggestion that these announcements aren't something for people to laugh about over lunch. 

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