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Senate Explores Outsourcing Security Services
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8/11/2018 | 3:03:36 AM
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12/9/2014 | 11:34:18 AM
Contractors are not Cheap
I work for the Federal Government and I can see a need for augmenting IT and cybersecurity with contractors. But *not* outsourcing the basic function of it. Seriously? The contractors I work with are getting paid far better than me. At least 4 were on long term contracts for a total of 15 years before the contract changed hands. Then they just moved to a different company. If the arguement against civil servants is that their benefits are too expensive, one has to wonder what is saved by hiring expensive contractors that resist government oversight. How? The government simply becomes a "customer" and the contrator- while well meaning and very skilled- proceeds to do what the company wishes for them to do- which may or may not align with the government needs/wishes. There are several times I have seen managers throw their hands up over personnel issues they are unable to rectify because the only person who has any sway with the contractors in question is the COR- who only asks if the terms of the contract are being fulfilled. Our government is putting far too much power into the hands of private vendors. We are selling our integrity.
User Rank: Ninja
12/4/2014 | 11:33:08 AM
What for?
With one hundred members and thousands of employees, I think it highly likely that the US Senate has enough computer work to keep at least a small staff of professionals busy full time and if it doesn't, the Congress as a whole definitely does.  If political patronage is the issue, then I can't think it would be hard to extend reasonable civil service protections (under whatever name; but not necessarily the overwrought ones granted to executive branch employees) to career employees with no public policy making functions.  If the existing staff isn't doing its job right, then fix that problem either by giving people the time, training, and resources needed to do their jobs; and/or replacing the people who cannot or will not perform acceptably.  Then if after that, the computing staff decides that outsourcing is necessary to meet some temporary needs, then they should have the authority to make the necessary arrangements without bothering the leadership.

I see absolutely no logical reason to outsource permanent functions if there is enough work to keep someone busy full time and think it's absolutely ridiculous for government to do so; if for no other reason than that in house employees have their careers invested in the institutions that employ them, while contractors have to treat the institution as just another customer.  And contractors can be even harder to fire than career civil service people, as they can afford better lawyers and are allowed to write off lobbying as a business expense.

User Rank: Ninja
12/2/2014 | 2:24:42 PM
Bigger Question
Why would the Senate have it's own IT?  Shouldn't this be part of a larger government entity that, because of its size, has sufficient internal talent or at least a substantially better position from which to negotiate contracts?

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