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
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

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