Letters to the Editor

Following are the letters to the editor written in response to "Report: Feds must work on IT worker shortage" [FCW.com, Oct. 26, 2000].

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    Looking for IT in all the wrong places

    I've decided to apply for some computer specialist/programmer positions, but I've found that the government does not look for IT skills from within first.

    The cost of ignorance

    I am really tired of seeing in the headlines this IT worker shortage. There is no shortage: It is a mismanagement of resources and a disgrace to the profession how IT workers are treated.

    Money and respect

    Your FCW article ignores the simplest solutions of all. Just have the employers (1) pay big money for IT workers and (2) give them respect.

    Stuck in stovepipes

    Part of the problem is that the civil service sector "stovepipes," labeling current civil servants into a career program. Once you are in a field, you really can't get out of it.

    It's all about money

    Increase salaries and add some perks like telecommuting, and I think you could get more people to stick around.


  • Defense
    DOD photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston  11th Wing Public Affairs

    How DOD's executive exodus could affect tech modernization

    Back-to-back resignations raise concerns about how things will be run without permanent leadership in key areas from policy to tech development.

  • Budget
    cybersecurity (vs148/Shutterstock.com)

    House's DHS funding bill would create public-private cyber center

    The legislation would give $2.25 billion to DHS' cyber wing and set up an integrated cybersecurity center with other agencies, state and local governments and private industry.

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