How to save taxpayer dollars while avoiding government property consulting
If you are considering taking on government-owned or controlled property, or working on government contracts, you need to make sure that you are not getting a free pass on all of the cost of your work, the report finds.
The consultants found that they received more than half of their compensation from government agencies or contractors.
Some of the companies that received a large share of their total compensation included the Department of Homeland Security, the Department at Large, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Postal Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the Department for Veterans Affairs.
The report found that a significant number of consultants had a conflict of interest, because they were compensated in the same ways as other government employees.
“If a consultant was paid in ways that would benefit the agency in which they were employed, it would be unethical for the agency to recoup any of the costs that result from that conflict,” the report states.
The report also noted that the consultants were “not required to disclose the fact that they are compensated through government contracts or government contracts with government entities.”
The authors also noted the lack of transparency and accountability when it comes to compensation from federal agencies and contractors.
“We need to get beyond the notion that contractors who receive government funding should be held to a different standard,” the authors write.
“The best way to ensure that government agencies are not receiving taxpayer dollars to provide services is to require that all government contracts and contracts with agencies disclose the compensation received, including the contractor’s compensation.”
The findings from the report come after the Trump administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs said it would stop paying for any consultants who do not disclose their government work, which is a major blow to those who are working on VA’s behalf.
VA is also considering changing the definition of government contractors to be more inclusive.