A report was issued in January of last year by the advisory Defense Business Board and called for a series of reforms that would have saved the Defense Department $125 billion over the next five years.
“Among its other findings, the report showed that the Defense Department was paying just over 1 million contractors, civilian employees and uniformed personnel to fill back-office jobs. That number nearly matches the amount of active duty troops — 1.3 million, the lowest since 1940,” FoxNews reported.
The Washington Post claims that some Pentagon leaders feared the study’s findings would undermine their claims that years of budget sequestration had left the military short of money. In response, they imposed security restrictions on information used in the study and even pulled a summary report from a Pentagon website.
“They’re all complaining that they don’t have any money,” former DBB chairman Robert Stein told the Post. “We proposed a way to save a ton of money.”
Robert Zimmerman, writing at behindtheblack.com, opined that “the corruption in Washington today runs very deep. It will take many years and a lot of change to fix it. Don’t expect a lot from Trump or this Republican Congress. They might be a start (maybe), but even if they worked entirely to get the federal government cleaned up they couldn’t do it in the next four years.”
And I add that gains will be minimal and temporary as long as people keep electing to Congress people who are focused on being part of the Washington power structure. Such desires preclude their pushing for real reform which would lessen their own importance.