Lawmakers are looking to reinstate a cap on the Defense Department’s service contract spending next year, amid concerns the Pentagon has unduly outsourced federal work.
The measure was attached to the annual defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee, and would prevent Defense from spending more on service contracts than it did in fiscal 2010. Such a cap was in place from fiscal years 2012 through 2015 but lawmakers removed it the last two years.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, who introduced the amendment, said the measure would save the Pentagon money.
“Restoration of that cap was necessary to deter the transfer of federal work to more costly service contractors” and to “strike a fair balance,” Hanabusa said.
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