Spies-For-Hire Raking In The Cash

Outside contractors were supposed to save the federal government money. But, in the U.S. intelligence community, at least, that's not how things have panned out. A typical contract worker in the spy agencies rakes in 65 percent more than the average federal employee, according to the Office of the Direc­tor of National Intelligence. A spook-for-hire takes home $207,000, on average -- compared to a civil servant's $125,000 average salary.
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