Letter: Oversight should be applied to Congress

Regarding "Report: Contractors should get more oversight"

Kudos for identifying the Center for American Progress as a liberal think tank giving voice at the end of the article to some of the dubiousness and political bias of the report.

As a contractor, I can tell you that what contracting officers need is more experienced technical reps (COTR) supporting them, as they are a professional workforce already — in the narrow sense of knowing how to implement acquisition rules. Also, the "sunshine" Congress is talking about needs to be directed inward, on their own institution, where much of the corruption begins (like with the 2006 law you mentioned).

Exposing everyone's salary/wages to a government agency seems quite an invasion of privacy of the individual workers — isn't this the same government that routinely loses millions of sensitive files every year? Performance based contracting was supposed to make the relationship cleaner between government and contractors, wasn't it?

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