Senators to DOD: Use More of Your Own Employees
May 2, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta received a letter from 26 senators April 25 who urged him to use more civilian employees instead of contractors.
The senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), wrote that they understand the need to cut back on civilian employees because of tightened budgets. However, they raised concerns that the private sector wasn't given similar constraints.
They recommended eliminating "the arbitrary cap on the civilian workforce" or provide a waiver for hiring.