Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions

Subject: Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:00:10 -0400

Like many words, meanings are often dependent on the context. In the context of government and companies, contractors are the companies bidding and winning the government contracts.

In the context of people, contractors are either independent contractors or "contract employees", meaning those who work by contract. Gene implies they are employees, and they are, sort of. They are employees only for the terms and conditions of the contract between them and the job shop (employee provider). They frequently change shops and follow the jobs. They are contractors to the job shops essentially the same way Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop, etc. are contractors to the government.

Many refer to these as temp agencies but that is misleading as many group that with Kelly girls and such. The true "contract employees" or job shoppers worked for job shops, that contracted specialized experienced individuals from a high tech world into the world of usually military defense hardware providers. Unfortunately, some refer to any temporary person as a contractor, which is as accurate as calling the 4 rotor remote control helicopter toys "drones".

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Ed" <glassnet -at- gmail -dot- com>; "Rick Lippincott" <rjl6955 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Cc: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions

Don't think it's really all that different. "Contractor" is the person or company that holds the actual contract to supply product or service. In DoD land, that's usually a company such as Lockheed-Martin, as opposed to a temp agency as it normally is for non-DoD, but it's not impossible for a temp agency or a single individual to be a defense contractor.

Confusion often arises because some people call themselves "contractors" when what they really are is employees of a company or agency that is a contractor

Gene Kim-Eng

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