Letter to the editor
I fully support the idea of initiating the reforms necessary to provide the federal workforce with the information technology specialists it needs.
Prior and current "cost-cutting" and "government shrinkage" actions have been counterproductive, causing the government to "unilaterally disarm" with respect to the private sector. The idea of contracting to the private sector is totally unworkable in the absence of a balance of technical experience and skill between the two parties.
The better the government is able to articulate its needs and translate them to the contractor — so that they are deployed in the end product — the better off we are. Decades of experience in private-sector IT projects shows that IT contracts require extensive interaction between the parties to be successful.
Let's also make it easier for the government to hire its specialists. There is no room for employment processes that are not completed within four weeks from an announcement's closing date. Keeping people hanging for additional weeks just means they take private-sector jobs instead!
Lucian Russell DynCorp Information Systems LLC