Following the revelation that an armed security contractor with a criminal background was operating the elevator President Obama was riding on at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ann possess the crucial question in her New York Times op-ed A Perilous Dependence on Contractors: “How thoroughly does the government vet the private security contractors that an increasing number of agencies employ?”
She argues that the incident is the most recent warning that the U.S. government “has become dependent on contractors for our defense and security. But the speed of that industry’s development and our consumption of its services far surpass the agencies’ ability to hold contractors accountable for the vetting and training of their employees.”
Ann ends the op-ed with this haunting paragraph: “The thought of what could have happened in that elevator in Atlanta should horrify all Americans. If that isn’t enough to shake us out of our complacency toward contractors, what is?”
Read the full op-ed on nytimes.com.