Thursday, August 28, 2008

Spies: Contractors Make Up Quarter of U.S. Spies, Cost Two-Thirds More Each

Contractors account for 26 percent of the core U.S. intelligence espionage-related workforce, says this item in The Los Angeles Times. While officials claim contracting out helps agencies control costs, the story reports spy agencies spend $207,000 a year for a contract worker, 66 percent more than the $125,000 yearly cost of a government employee. Twenty-seven percent of contractors are involved in intelligence collection and operations, 19 percent work in analysis, and 22 percent in infotech. The total U.S. spy budget is reported as $43 billion.

TAGS: spies, interesting, contractor

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