Letters to the Editor
You made a statement in your Oct. 16 editorial ["More
at risk than dollars"] that I found staggering in its myopia but descriptive
of the tenor of your editorial: "But the Navy and EDS should be sobered
by the fact that not only is national defense riding on the success of the
[Navy Marine Corps Intranet], but maybe even the move toward outsourcing
more government IT work."
To hell with the safety and security of the nation! Was the greed of
the contractors satiated first?
D. Ray Roddy
I'm writing in regard to an Oct. 2 letter to the editor, "Clearing the Way for Contractors."
Shame on you for printing this letter. It makes indefensible slurs against
federal employees with its unsubstantiated "everybody knows" kind of propaganda.
For your publication to provide a forum for this biased drivel and allow
it without attribution is just shameful. "Name withheld upon request," indeed!
When "Name withheld upon request" is ready to engage in meaningful dialogue
about the contractor vs. government employee debate and identify him/herself,
then you should consider adding the comments to your letters to the editor.
Civil service employee
Virginia Beach, Va.
Outsourcing not working
I would like to respond to Ed Andersen from Washington, D.C., who wrote
a letter to the editor headlined "A Laughing Matter" in the Sept. 18 issue
of Federal Computer Week.
What does Ed contribute to the government? Does he have an ax to grind
because he doesn't understand what we do and dislikes the money associated
with skills that not everyone has? Please tell me what agency he works for,
I think his shop might be able to use my help!
I have been an electronic data interchange programmer/analyst for the
U.S. Postal Service as well as a mainframe programmer/analyst for other
applications, and let me tell you, I work very, very hard. My counterparts
in private industry are getting up to $120,000 in the Silicon Valley area
in California for what I have been doing, and that looks pretty good compared
to my $60,000-plus.
I have worked unpaid overtime because there is so much work to do and
have been paged frequently during the evening, practically every evening
(weekends too) to support this IT effort. Why should I stay? Who will the
USPS or federal government hire with my technical skills and experience
to do this kind of work and support? Oh, yes, contractors.
So why are contractors with less skills and experience paid almost double
what I make? I have to train and mentor these contractors, and as soon as
they develop a new skill for their resume, off they go!
Get a grip, this is not working, if you want to keep people with my
experience and skills, it is going to cost more money! Remember the old
adage, "You get what you pay for."
U.S. Postal Service
San Mateo, Calif.