Contractors outnumber full-time workers at DHS; lawmakers 'astounded'

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Hate agreeing with Holy Joe on anything, but this is totally wrong.

Washington (CNN) - The Department of Homeland Security has more contractors working for it than full-time employees, a situation two members of Congress said Tuesday was "unacceptable, untenable and unsustainable."

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and ranking Republican Susan Collins said they were "astounded" to learn there are more than 200,000 contractor employees at the department.

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In a letter sent Tuesday to the agency's Secretary Janet Napolitano, Lieberman and Collins said the figure "raises the question of whether DHS itself is in charge of its programs and policies, or whether it inappropriately has ceded core decisions to contractors."

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  • Blondetwit

    There's a quote out there somewhere (sorry, not enough time to look it up & do it right, or I would) it states something to the effect of, "democracy can only work until the point that the constituency realizes that they can vote themselves a raise. They will then bankrupt the treasury and the democracy will then fail".

    Only this concept has been misapplied. With the corporatizing of America, the contractors (who are corporations mostly) are now able to buy the elections and see to it that they own the treasury for their gain.

    gah.

  • hippie_cyndi

    define 'contractors'....with the recent stories about our hired assassins on tax payers payroll...one needs to define these terms.

    ps. Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

    http://washingtonindependent.com/77476/blackwater-the-senate-and-south-park

  • David G.

    So Joe was "astounded" to learn of this situation. Where was he for the past three years? This didn't happen overnight. It just goes to show you that he's fallen asleep at the switch. D.