Government Accountability Office (GAO) report
has found that data on special government employees (SGEs) aren't always reliable. These 40,424 employees are brought into agencies to perform temporary duties for no more than 130 days in a year. While four of five surveyed agencies had reliable data, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had challenges.
SGEs can be helpful for agencies that need to quickly fill temporary positions with necessary, unique expertise. But it'