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This research brief describes work documented in Personnel Savings in Competitively Sourced DoD Activities: Are They Real? Will They Last? (MR-1117-OSD).

Excerpt: In recent years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has placed increasing faith in private-sector business practices as tools to save money and make its operations more efficient and effective. One particular business practice on which the Pentagon has pinned high hopes is competitive sourcing. By inviting private businesses to compete against in-house DoD workforces to provide commercial-type services, Pentagon planners expect to reduce overhead budgets, streamline operations, and shed personnel.

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