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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2011 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. speaks in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2011 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. speaks in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  

Coburn: Fire federal employees who are ‘paid to do nothing’

“Delays in the security clearance process have kept between 10 and 20 percent of all intelligence contractors sitting idle while they await a clearance, according to a December 2011 study of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance,” he wrote. “This process can take months even for already-cleared workers who are being re-cleared just for moving to a new agency. Under current arrangements, these employees are paid large salaries during the waiting periods, but are not given meaningful work.”

Coburn cited a Federal Times estimate that “wasted” contractor man-hours account for $900 million to $1.8 billion a month.

Coburn also requested the agencies provide additional information to the committee about the extent and cost of each of the categories he had highlighted by the end of May.

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