A study released Monday by a leading federal employees union finds government agencies could realize as much as 90 percent of the money they would need to save under massive budget cuts from contractors -- sparing federal workers.
The study, written by
The American Federation of Government Employees, which published the report, has sought to shift the focus of those cuts to contractors, even as the
"Some service contractors may be highly reluctant to reduce their costs, and they possess significant political influence," Tiefer wrote in the report. "That is why it is so important that heads of agencies provide strong leadership to contracting officers and program officials -- establishing thoughtful but ambitious goals for savings from reductions in service contract spending."
A leading contractor group, the Professional Services Council, called the union's "us versus them" argument "petty" and said in a statement that it is "no wiser to take savings exclusively from the federal workforce than it is to take the savings exclusively from contractors."
"Far from being safe or appropriate, obtaining 70 to 90 percent of the sequestration cuts from the hundreds of thousands federal contractor employees would cripple the government and devastate the economy," said PSC executive vice president and counsel Alan Chvotkin.
Furloughs or contract reductions could have a big impact on Maryland, which is home to a higher per-capita share of federal workers and government contractors than most other states.