Letter to the Editor

Milt Zall misses a simple point, either innocently or deliberately, twice in his column, "Outsourcing conundrum." Contractors cost the government less because government is inherently inefficient. Not because they're dumb or crooked, but because they don't have stockholders to answer to. There is no quarterly statement and no Securities and Exchange Commission to ensure questions are (usually) honestly and completely answered.

I can and have demonstrated several times that we can hire the same people, pay them 10 percent more with comparable benefits, keep them happier and still make a good profit for what it costs the government to pay salaries, high overhead rates and inefficient benefits. If this were not true, we contractors would be losing people to government jobs, which manifestly ain't the case.

As a taxpayer, this bothers me. If you can find a way to fix it and require us to change our business model, I'll thank you.

Patrick Gorman

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