Early Briefing: (Contractor) Spies Among Us

*About a quarter of the nation's core intelligence workforce are contractors, perhaps as many as 37,000 private employees who work side-by-side with civil servants as analysts, technology specialists and mission managers, according to a report about government outsourcing by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The vast majority of those private spies work in the Washington region. Many of them have been hired since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to augment what had been an intelligence community depleted by deep cuts in the 1990s, officials from the national intelligence office said Wednesday. There are about 100,000 government intelligence workers, the officials said.

*Struggling mortgage giant Fannie Mae shook up its senior management, announcing the departure of its chief financial officer and two other top executives. Daniel H. Mudd will continue to serve as chief executive and the departing company officers will be replaced by other Fannie Mae insiders.

We blogged about that Wednesday, and read Zachary Goldfarb's story on Fannie Mae's management shakeup here.

*Yahoo disputed data from research firm ComScore of Reston that showed it lagging behind News Corp. in graphical ads. ComScore's measuring techniques may be misrepresenting the company's share, Yahoo said in a statement. Yahoo said it's working with ComScore to review the study's methodology. ComScore spokesman Andrew Lipsman didn't respond to an e-mail request for comment.

By Terri Rupar  |  August 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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