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Large contracts have corrupting influence on private contractors

$90,000 a day report will say what Conservatives want to hear.

Bron: Even if findings are ridiculous or rehashed from previous reports, Deloitte will still be paidSeptember 26, 2011: Ian Bron blogs for Canadians for Accountability that the gross sum of money the government is spending on a report for cost-cutting advice is actually an excuse for it to avoid being accountable for policymaking. Bron questions the legitimacy of a self-serving company offering advice to government.

"Many Canadians will have heard by now that the federal government is hiring the firm Deloitte and Touche to do a review of its operations and look for ways to save money. The Opposition has expressed outrage at the amount being spent — $19.8 million for seven months of work, which apparently works out to about $90,000 a day.

I, too, am amazed by this contract, but not just because of the money being spent. Having worked in both policy and program evaluation, red flags are flapping in my face like crazy.

First of all, the sum. At a per diem of $2,000 (a fairly standard rate, averaged across the staff) that's equivalent to 45 people employed full timeĀ…"

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Posted: September 29, 2011

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