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This research brief describes work documented in Outsourcing of DoD Commercial Activities: Impacts on Civil Service Employees (MR-866-OSD).

Excerpt: According to a 1995 report by the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to employ at least 250,000 civil service workers in commercial activities that could be operated more cheaply if outsourced. Part of the reason for this situation is that certain executive and legislative directives overlap and sometimes conflict, with the former tending to favor outsourcing and the latter tending not to.

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