Letter to the editor

The last paragraph in your July 26 article ["IT workforce hurting e-gov"] on the information technology workforce states: "Of primary concern is providing training and incentives to keep skilled employees in place and to bring in new personnel from the private sector, [OMB Director Mitchell Daniels Jr.] said."

What about a third option: the existing skilled federal employee who doesn't want to remain in place but would like to move into the IT area within the federal government?

Case in point: I've been in administration and budget work with the federal government for 28 years. I went to a community college for a year (last year) and passed the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam.

My salary is in the mid-$80,000 range. I'd like to work in the IT field and be paid for my years and experience with the government. But the problem isn't that the door isn't opened to me; the door doesn't even exist.

I've talked with the Office of Personnel Management, with my own personnel office, and then I saw only the two options you mentioned in your article. When I mention this third option to people, I get kind of a blank stare. Couldn't this be a viable option, especially with all the rhetoric given to constant change and training?

Dennis Jones

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