Letter to the editor
Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Is it possible to have a fair competition between public and private groups bidding for the same work?"
I have been employed by the federal government for 17 years. There are numerous times that I either work late, work weekends or get phone calls in the middle of the night.
With the high turnover in military personnel, the government should have some stability in an office. If an agency is "outsourced," the company will claim most of the funds and pay the workers very little.
In today's world, you get what you pay for. You are not going to get someone to work numerous unscheduled overtime hours with no benefits or to take pride in what they do.
I am very proud of what I do and have the respect of the staff I work with. They know that if I can help at all, I will. An outsourcing agency will place more duties back on the military, leaving it less time to train to protect our lives and our country.
Name withheld by request