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Richard McKinney: DOT to Cut Contractor Workforce, Hire Tech Employees

Department of TransportationThe Transportation Department will reduce its contractor employee base in a move to cut costs and hire its own technology personnel, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Richard McKinney, DOT chief information officer, told a forum in Washington that he is reviewing the 5-to-1 ratio of contractors to employees, Jason Miller reports.

McKinney also said he wants to “figure out which work I knew in our shared services environment made sense for that to be a federal employee, and what jobs it made sense for that person to be a contractor.”

“It just so happened that the ratio ended up being 1-to-1,” he told Federal News Radio.

DOT’s workforce adjustment plan is awaiting approval from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Office of Management and Budget and Congress, according to the report.

Miller writes the reconfiguration plan also involves adoption of a shared services model for information technology applications across the DOT.

The department will have to consolidate data centers, end user computing and networks under the shared services infrastructure, the station reports.

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