Letters to the Editor

Safety first?

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

No-name offense

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.

Shame!

Bob Bunnell

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."

Chris Kelly

U.S. Postal Service

San Mateo, Calif.

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