Lindsay Mangum/NPR

Lindsay Mangum/NPR

There has never been a time when the U.S. government did not rely on private contractors to accomplish some of its most important tasks, but the emphasis on “competing” and contracting government functions under recent administrations raises some pressing concerns for the new administration. Over the last couple days NPR’s series Memo to the President has featured two excellent reports on contractors in the context of the incoming administration:

Obama To Tackle Explosion In Federal Contracts

New President Faces Powerful Federal Contractors

This New York Times article from February of this year offers another fascinating treatment.