Letter: Dependence on contractors eternal

Regarding "Experts redefining government-only work"

According to the article, the government needs contractors to perform work that civil servants should perform because there aren't enough civil servants. Although the obvious solution would be to hire more civil servants, people assert that has to be off the table, claiming that it takes too long to hire civil servants. What about streamlining the hiring process? That's taken off the table, also, by saying it's too difficult.

So the merry-go-round returns to its starting point. No action. Dependence on contractors becomes eternal.

Michael N. Alexander
Air Force Research Laboratory

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