Letter to the editor

Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Should federal IT project managers be made to qualify for their jobs?"

Wonders never cease. This is a concern that has been pointed out on your pages several times in the past.

You couldn't get hired for a private-sector information technology management job if you didn't have the credentials. Why should the government be different? Especially since it is taxpayers' money paying government employees' salaries.

After 27 years in the IT business, both private and federal, I have seen far too many managers who have a dim grasp of even their areas of expertise not to mention IT concerns. They have been around the government so long they are just floating to the top through longevity.

There are so-called government IT managers who are IT managers only by virtue of the fact someone dropped a computer on their desks and said, "Tag, you're the new IT guru."

Name withheld by request

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