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  •  Actually, no. (3+ / 0-)

    Or "it depends", in response to this:

    Doubtless there are cases where using an expensive contractor is necessary—for instance, if the government needs highly specialized legal expertise it may make more sense to pay a high rate to an outside lawyer for a time rather than keeping such a lawyer permanently on staff.

    Depending on the case, sure.  But in a lot of cases, the "highly specialized legal expertise" is actually within the federal government itself.

    Example: my wife does international law for the Department of Transportation, which essentially allows to fly to foreign countries, among other things.  Know how many attorneys out there know everything there is to know about cabotage, treaties, Open Skies, etc.? Probably around 20 in the whole of the U.S.  Know how many are already at DOT? About 6.  Know how much those private sector attorneys cost? A heck of lot more per hour, that's for sure.

    It is really dependant on the issue, but I would suspect that it is the highly skilled workers in the federal government that are by and large cheaper than contractors.

    What matters is...how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.

    by wmtriallawyer on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:31:10 AM PDT

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