Cause and Effect?

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Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale

From a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee:

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: Do you dispute this finding that the average contract employee costs two to three times as much as the average DOD civilian employee?

Robert Hale, Pentagon comptroller: No, it sounds about right…I’m hiring a lot of contractors because they know how to do audits. We don’t yet.