FBI exec investigates outsourcing
- By Bryant Jordan
- Oct 13, 2000
Bob Dies, the FBI's assistant director for information resources, believes
the bureau should concentrate on what it does best: investigation.
For that reason, Dies anticipates outsourcing as much as possible to
free up bureau resources from business operations.
"I'm not a phone company, so I probably don't need to own telephone
lines," he said in an interview Wednesday. However, he said, the bureau
buys computer servers and FBI employees write applications — even though
the FBI is not in the computer or software business.
"The question we should ask ourselves is, Why don't we outsource it?"
Dies said. "At the end of the day, the bureau is here to investigate. I
think we should try to outsource as much as we can."
Dies knows what he's talking about. For decades IBM Corp. — where Dies
spent 30 years — operated its own manufacturing and applications operations,
he said. But 10 years ago the company outsourced those areas to concentrate
on its own core business.