Hi, there. This is a post for anyone who is contracting as a BI and NOT relying on secondary income (such as military retirement) to get by. IOW, anyone who supports themselves as a contract BI.
I’m a contract investigator (not an employee) for a gov’t contractor, and I’ve been in the field for four months. This is a career switch for me, and I absolutely love the work. My CL is fantastic, and there is PLENTY of work in my area. My problem is that the re-opens I get are really hindering my productivity. I understand that as a new investigator, this is gonna happen, and I am happy to learn the lessons and pay my dues. That means I do rework without compensation.
But I find that I have to watch the reviewers because they either (a) don’t know coverage as well as I do, or (b) don’t carefully review the case papers and the ROIs before they re-open me. All in all, if I make a mistake, it’s fair that I get penalized. But if THEY make a mistake, I get penalized in the time it takes me to educate the reviewer on coverage or the details of the case.
ANYWAY, my questions are these: (a) Will I get fewer refiles (re-opens) as I get more experienced, and (b) if this is my only income, is it realistic to expect to make $60-$70k per year (my requirement and goal) before taxes, etc., without working more than 40-50 hours per week? And © are some contractors less ridiculous about their refiles than mine is? (I’ve been told the contractor I work for “loves their re-opens,” which implies that others are more balanced about them, I guess.