Is the grass really greener in industry?

Is the grass really greener in industry?

Rep. Tom Davis' idea to have federal information technology employees swap jobs temporarily with those in industry was the hot topic of debate at a recent hearing before Davis' House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy (see story, Page 10).

The Virginia Republican's plan for a Digital TechCorps calls for a group of government employees to work in industry for up to two years to gain technical expertise. Private-sector employees would take the government workers' places.

Right: Davis, left, introduces his plan before the hearing, backed by Steven Kelman of Harvard University, center, and Steve Rohleder, managing partner for Accenture LLP of Chicago.

Top, left: Comptroller General David Walker raises questions about the plan. Looking on is Kay Coles James, director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Bottom, left: Rohleder listens to testimony during the hearing.

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