The Congressional Budget Office has determined that the government has no idea what the size or cost of the federal government’s contracted workforce is.
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The analysis also determined that the government has no reliable way of knowing the information. The only system the government has to track federal contract data is, by its own admission, incomplete and its accuracy questionable.

The Federal Procurement Data System, which the analysis calls a “comprehensive source of information about federal spending on contracts,” does not report the size of the labor force funded by federal contracts, and makes it nearly impossible to summarize federal spending on contracts.

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