Letter to the editor
This is in regard to allowing federal information managers to swap jobs
with private-sector counterparts ["Digital Tech Corps bill revived," FCW.com, Feb. 11, 2002].
Without doubt, it would be beneficial. I had the reverse experience.
As a Computer Sciences Corp. vice president a number of years ago, I was
"loaned" for a year to the United Kingdom's Department of Inland Revenue
(like the Internal Revenue Service) to be the department's director of information
technology. They called the arrangement a secondment. I was a British civil
servant, responsible for 2,000 of their employees and another 200 contractor
I brought an industry perspective to the position (e.g., results-oriented
focus) from which they benefited (I hope) and at the same time I learned
about the broader, complex responsibilities inherent in a senior government
Note: Conflicts of interests can be avoided. You sign agreements to
respect confidentiality and, simply put, if your break the law, you go to
Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering
College Park, Md.