KausFiles reports that
[President] Obama has issued a late Friday executive order requiring that when a government service contract expires—and there’s a new contract to perform the same services at the same location—the new contractor has to keep the old workers. Why?
Kaus then observes
For example, the Obama administration itself can be seen as having won a new contract to perform the same Federal services, at the same location, as the previous contractor, the Bush Administration. Did Obama keep all of Bush’s employees in order to reduce “disruption” and enjoy “the benefits of an experienced and trained work force that is familiar with the Federal Governments … facilities”?
Yes, well, such rules only apply to the little people.
But beyond such blatant hypocrisy is the consideration of what this means in practice. How, exactly, could a new contractor keep the workers for the previous contractor? This is likely to make contractors de facto government agencies that can’t be reformed, only eliminated along with what ever services were being performed. I.e., the services will be held hostage to keep the same workers in the same jobs regardless of performance. Well, I can see how that concept would be attractive to Obama.