Letter to the editor
This is in response to the letter regarding turning over the "keys to the
kingdom" of the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet to a contractor and the resulting
extremist risks to security mentioned in "Contracting with Big Brother" [Federal Computer Week, April 24, 2000].
Does this "government worker" believe that contractors, working for
our government, are any less patriotic or security-cleared than actual workers
on the government payroll?
Certainly having cleared personnel would be prudent for any such systems
administration, and whether a person is paid directly by a government bureaucracy with all the excessive costs associated with that or paid on a contract
basis does not reflect their ability to support sensitive systems with good
security. It's called clearance, and it works as well for contractors as
it does for direct civil servants.
This typical attitude that work can only be done by government-payrolled
workers and their renowned sloth and attitude for noncompetitiveness is
what is holding our country back. And that, my friend, poses a great security
risk for us all and not just job security either.
A busy contractor-type person.
Name withheld upon request