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    I do a lot of work for the government and contractors are a real problem.  For example, my company won't even consider contracting a person to a government agency for less than $225 per hour.  I can assure you that at the very most that employee is making ~$88 per hour including all benefits and that is very generous.  So, our government pay an extra $135 per hour not to hire an employee.  What makes things worse is that most of the government employees are strictly management and manage the contractors.  Because of this the government employees don't know how to get the work done, they rely on contractors.  These contractors are trained by the government and the government invests large amounts of time and money getting these contractors to a level where they can do the work required of them.  Unfortunately, these contractors have no reason to stay at their position and they will leave in a second if another position opens up and pays slightly better and when they leave they take all their knowledge (that the government paid for) with them leaving the government high and dry and stuck training another over priced contractor.

    A simple way to solve this is to start hiring these people as employees, it will save millions of dollars by not paying a middle man and maintain the governments intellectual capital.  Trust me if you offer a contractor the same pay with government benefits, they will jump at the chance.  The only problem is Lockheed and SAIC and all the other government body shops would loose a ton of money.

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