By JOE NEWMAN
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show last night to discuss the findings of our report, which showed that the U.S. government is wasting billions on overpriced private contractors.
Of POGO, McCaskill said: "POGO is a great non-partisan group--they call them balls and strikes."
POGO studied 35 federal job classifications and found that, on average, the govermment was paying contractors nearly twice as much as it would have cost federal workers to do the same work.
Maddow: Is putting a price tag on the contractors issue giving you any more traction on it in a bipartisan way? Is telling people that it's costing us 30, 40, 50, 60 billion dollars more than it ought to be gaining you any political ground?
McCaskill: I think it is. Because I'm an auditor--I want to do the math and when you do the math on this, it's not working for the taxpayer.
Joe Newman is POGO's Director of Communications.