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Government contractors vs. federal employees: How to tell the difference

Dueling geckos: feds vs. contractorsI am new to the grudge match between federal employees and federal contractors. Like lions and hyenas, Yankees fans and Red Sox fans, the French and everybody, there seems to be a natural conflict here. While reading the comments section of a recent FCW Insider piece on this issue, I wondered if there was some sort of list or primer to help us identify the combatants -- er, co-workers.

CIVIL SERVANTS... CONTRACTORS...
will let you know within 5 years that they are a federal employee will let you know within 5 minutes
that they are contractors
can lose job by filling out necessary paperwork
and waiting for response
can lose job by not meeting
contracted goals
think G-14 is something to aspire to think G-14 is a bingo space
can tell you where the bathrooms are can tell you how much better bathrooms are in private sector
have change of shirt have change for a twenty
have maps for public transportation have own parking spaces
make better cookies buy better cookies
spend free time reading disparaging entries about fed employees on Web site comments sections spend free time writing disparaging
entries about fed employees on
Web site comments sections
enjoy the four seasons have eaten at the Four Seasons
share a desk with a fellow fed employee share elevators with fed employees, but won't readily admit it
counting the days until they "have more time to travel" counting the days until they "go back to the real world"

 

Posted by John Klossner on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:18 PM


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Reader comments

Tue, Dec 8, 2015 look for guards and gates.

Feds are as nuts as me. Love it!

Tue, Jan 21, 2014

will a government contractor get an airfare discount when booking a fly?

Wed, Oct 26, 2011

I work as a contractor at a major Army headquarters, where contractors make up a significant portion of the workforce. At the office level, working relationships are quite good. At the senior leader level, however, there is a clear bias against contractors. We've learned to live with it, since contractors produce most of what gets done here.

Sat, Jun 25, 2011

Some government agencies have contractors do the work, but there are somewhere the primary work is done by government personnel and contractos play supporting roles like sweaping th floors and checking badges. It just depends on where you work.

Fri, Jun 12, 2009

Contractors do the work, Feds take the credit. I have been a contractor at this agency for also 25 years and still work in a windowless, leadlined dungeon that the feds actively avoid.

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