The value of federal government contracts with temporary help service agencies has more than doubled under the Trump administration, according to a new report.
The study by the National Employment Law Project, a nonprofit that advocates worker rights, found the government spent $1.7 billion on the contracts in 2018, five times the amount it spent in 2008. The largest increase came in the past two years — from $812 million in 2016 to $1.7 billion in 2018.
“The Trump administration’s desire to privatize government-provided healthcare services is the largest factor driving increased use of temporary help services,” the report stated. Such contracts cover traveling doctors and nurses, as well as contract dentists, pharmacists, therapists, social workers and medical billing staffers.
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