Letter to the editor

I hear all the time that it is cost-effective to outsource information technology services and I cannot understand this. I think there should be a new study made now that we are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the government does not have to pay that much into the retirement system anymore.

I can't understand how hiring a full-time GS employee is costing the government more money that hiring a contractor. I was a contractor making $65,000 a year, but the government was paying $125,000 for my services to my company.

If the government had hired me at a GS-13 even with FERS and Thrift Savings Plan at 5 percent, I don't think the cost to the government would be more than $125,000. Plus, the government would not have to worry as much about me leaving because of something better and it would have someone who would be there for the long haul.

I just don't see how under the new retirement system the government is saving money contracting out all IT services. Maybe I'm missing something, but I have looked at all the figures and they don't add up.

Name withheld by request

WRITE US

We welcome your comments. To send a letter to the editor, use this form.

Please check out the archive of Letters to the Editor for fellow readers' comments.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity
    Boy looks under voting booth at Ventura Polling Station for California primary Ventura County, California. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

    FBI breach notice rules lauded by states, but some want more

    A recent policy change by the FBI would notify states when their local election systems are hacked, but some state officials and lawmakers want the feds to inform a broader range of stakeholders in the election ecosystem.

  • paths (cybrain/Shutterstock.com)

    Does strategic planning help organizations?

    Steve Kelman notes growing support for strategic planning efforts -- and the steps agencies take to keep those plans relevant.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.