Letters to the Editor
Too clever by two-thirds
As a former Navy man, I read with interest your editorial "Too
clever by half" [Federal Computer Week, March 13] concerning future generations
of automated warships.
The points made in the editorial are certainly germane, but you missed
a couple of big points regarding reduced manning. In the case of the DD-21,
the goal is a two-thirds reduction in manning. Does that mean that the ship's
collateral duties list will shrink by two-thirds also? What about keeping
the ship clean? With two-thirds less cleaners, will the cleanliness standards
Automation is great, but I don't see it replacing "bluejackets" in these
two areas. I also don't see collateral duties or cleanliness standards changing.
Machinist mate construction mechanic (SS)
U.S. Navy retired
No more delay on FTS 2001
Fifteen months after FTS 2001 contract award, it is too late to call
any transition strategy..."bold"! ["A
war over FTS 2001,", Federal Computer Week, March 27].
Those agencies that made decisions on which vendor to use for each service
and took action were on the correct path. Those that took months to decide
delayed receiving the cost and technological benefits that the new contract
provides. I know there are some problems with the providers being able to
handle all the transitioning agencies, but it is beyond time for the agencies
to aggressively move out on the new contract.
Former chairman of the Interagency Management Council for Federal Telecommunications
Internet tax miscalculation
The conclusion drawn in this article ["Tax-free
Internet means fewer IT workers," Federal Computer Week, March 6] is an
unrealistic leap of faith totally unsupported by past actions by the states.
At least this is true of Washington state, and there is no reason to believe
we are significantly different from any other state.
Tax revenues go into a general fund. They are then lost to the originally
intended benefactor, for example, schools, roads, handicapped programs.
Rather, they are spent to support bloated state agency budgets and "pork
barrel" pet projects.
What in heaven's name makes this any different? And what evidence can
be quoted to support the conclusion?
Intermec Technologies Corp.