Bill tries to discourage NC employee vendor managers from going right to work for contractor

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Some senators agree certain North Carolina state employees shouldn't go work for government contractors immediately after leaving their jobs.

A Senate committee voted Tuesday for legislation designed to discourage workers from entering what critics call a "revolving door" between government and contract employment.

The bill heading to the full Senate prohibits the state from contracting with vendors who would use an ex-state worker to administer the vendor's state contract within six months of the worker leaving state employment.

The idea surfaced after a manager working on the state's Medicaid billing system went to work right away for the outside company running the system. A potential vendor would have to promise in writing it won't use recently terminated workers.

Six months align with the time ex-legislators must wait before lobbying colleagues.

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