A government contractor works for a company providing services to federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, State Department, Government Services Administration, and Intelligence Community. Government contractor jobs may represent small businesses, or Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and General Dynamics.
Just ask employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if it’s possible to be fired – the VA recently announced it had dropped more than 500 employees in just 5 months, a figure that would be pretty remarkable in or outside of government.
The Court’s decision speaks to a point I’ve been making for months: in the final analysis, the president’s individual statements are instructive, but not authoritative. What matters is the way the final policy is crafted.
“Cost Plus Award Fee” contracts pay the contractor for the cost of delivering the service, plus a set amount of profit, usually less than 15%. This arrangement dates to the Second World War, when it was devised as a way to make it worth industry’s time to switch from building cars to building tanks.
The House version of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act included a provision to have the Air Force create a “numbered air force” that would assume responsibility for space operations and be subordinate to the existing U.S. Space Command.