Outside Consulting Down Sharply in Nevada

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - State agencies in Nevada appear to be cutting back significantly on the practice of hiring state employees as consultants since the 2011 Legislature wrote new rules cracking down on the often higher-priced outside work.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Administration Department documents show agencies have signed only 33 such contracts since the rules became effective.

That compares to 250 legislative auditors cited over two years in a December 2010 audit that prompted reforms aimed at past and present employees.

The audit raised red flags about more than 50 of the contracts, including one where a person sought payment for 25 hours of work in one 24-hour day. In another, an ex-employee was making more than five times his hourly state salary for similar work as a private contractor.