FIND A WORD
FIND A WORD
READERS SPEAK:What should the government's approach to outsourcing information technology be?
- Federal Data
- Litton PRC
- Lockheed Martin
- Nortel Networks
- Northrop Grumman
- SAS Institute
- Sun Microsystems
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To the maximum extent practicable, the federal government should approach outsourcing IT with the goal of improving delivery of services and providing maximum return to the American taxpayer. Outsourcing IT often benefits an agency by freeing up federal workers to do more valuable work. In instances where an IT function or activity is determined to be essential to an agency's core mission, however, retention for in-house performance is justified. 'Jennings Wong, Justice Department
I am opposed to the present method of outsourcing without first allowing the affected agency to determine, implement and operate its own most efficient organization (MEO) process. I have yet to see genuine cost savings numbers, only projected savings as a result of outsourcing through OMB Circular A-76. The process is purely political. With no hard data to credit the claims made in its defense, the A-76 program is just cosmetic. It is aimed at decreasing the size of government at the expense of nonbureaucratic federal workers. Perhaps real savings could be had by reducing the bureaucracy to its MEO size instead. 'A three-time A-76 survivor, Army
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