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These four messages are in response to an FCW.com poll question March 25 to March 29 that asked: How do you feel about a proposal that would allow federal information technology managers to swap jobs with their private-sector counterparts for up to two years?

Stupid and dangerous! Commercial IT managers cut corners at every opportunity to beat the clock, the budget and the schedule. This management model has no place in most government agencies, e.g., the Energy and Transportation departments.

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While the exchange might be very helpful for both sides, feds might find out that they are not as far behind as they may think. The private sector might find out that the fed actually knows something and is significantly underpaid.

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I would think it would behoove federal IT personnel, as commercial industry is usually more high-tech oriented. However, if that is allowed for federal IT staff, it should be allowed for other federal professions as well.

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If the Defense Department were to allow IT employees to work in the private sector where they would get paid what they were worth, then the "IT crisis" within DOD will get worse. In the private sector, you don't have congressmen riding on your back for re-election.

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