Government Insourcing: Hurting the Economy and Wasting Taxpayers’ Dollars

Camilo Rodriguez /

Since the beginning of the Obama administration, the federal government has steadily increased the number of jobs transferred from private contractors to the civil service. Insourcing was supposed to save money, but the results tell a different story.

The effort stems from a March 4, 2009, administration memorandum on government contracting. President Obama described this initiative as, “…reforms in how government does business, which will save the American people up to $40 billion each year.”

But would it really save money to increase the number of federal government employees at the expense of private sector contractors?