CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 20, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter has ordered investigation and Congress also conducts one of contracts with consulting firms held by federal government for approximately each 100 workers it employed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(McLean, Virginia) President has asked OMB director Bert Lance to begin probe of consultants to government Neither insiders of government or outsiders can get information with regard to number of consultants and money spent for them, at present. 2 consultants are just out of DC, in Rosslyn and McLean, Virginia; others listed. Lance has said some such work is ripoff. [LANCE - says government should know if work saves or spends tax money.] Lance and assistant confer with regard to executive department; Senate subcommittee awaits results of questionnaire sent to 175 consultants, now being processed by 2 Library of Congress employees. General Accounting Office is beginning probe requested by Chairperson John Moss of House Govt. Operations Committee [MOSS - doesn't think it serves public interest.] Respected consultants say consulting is vital, necessary and economy [The BDM Corp. spokesperson Earl WILLIAMS - says most qualified people often not in government, so why should work be done there just for sake of doing it there.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd