Federal employee and public interest groups are asking key members of Congress to significantly lower the limit on payments to Defense Department contract workers.
During a time when basic pay rates for federal employees have been frozen for nearly two years, the government can pay individual contractors up to $763,029. That amount should be substantially reduced because of “fiscal responsibility and fairness,” said the letter from 10 organizations.
The message to the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees said that “with budget cuts and sequestration looming, it is fiscally irresponsible to allow private contractors to charge escalating and exorbitant rates to the government.”
J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said his union is the “driving force” behind the letter. It calls on Congress to limit contractor compensation to $230,700, as proposed in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.