Letter to the Editor
Just had to give my opinion on the "Daniels: Fed IT workers not the best" article of July 30.
The Navy has very intellectual and professional analysts and developers in its Pacific Northwest Regional Information Technology Center. I would put their skills up against any IT industry employees.
One reason high on the list of why government skills in general may be lacking is the absence of training dollars. Technology changes so rapidly that you need to continually upgrade your skills to stay on top.
Federal workers do not get the training budget that companies have. IT companies send their employees and managers to paid training classes when needed. We have to fight for one class a year, and it has to be in Seattle so we don't incur travel costs. Managers in our organization usually give their training dollars to the employees because there are not enough funds for everyone to even have one class.
Name withheld by request