The figure comes from the Bush administration official overseeing the reconstruction.
Andrew Natsios, director of the Agency for International Development, tells The Associated Press the number of expatriate technical workers has been reduced by 30 percent.
Natsios says the agency's projects will be completed on time, though it will have to hire more Iraqi workers.
He says there are 6,000 Iraqis working on USA-ID projects. And he acknowledged the scandal over mistreatment of prisoners would make contractors' work more difficult.