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  • IT reform that would save money - Insource the labor force
    Honest Broker
    In the 1980's, my GOVT engineering group set up the office's LAN and security measures on the servers. We then went out to the other commands and helped them set up. In the 1990's, we were forced to contract it out and then we had to train the contractors on what we had set up. With 911, we had an explosion of IT contracts with every company doing their own design and set up. We also brought in an army of contractors to monitor the internet traffic and come up with key word search algorithms. I believe Snowden was the tip of iceberg of possible IT security problems such as corporate spying and unwarranted eavesdropping. I do not like the idea of a commercial entity driven by profit having access to Govt surveillance resources with such great conflicts of interest. POGO.ORG Bad Business Report Sept 2011 pointed out that contracts are 2 to 5 times more expensive than just using fully loaded Govt rate people with equivalent skills. Snowden's case shows his education does not even qualify him as a Govt IT person, but Booze-Allen's charge rate was $250K per year while Govt IT person with a Master's degree in Computer Science costs $160K including all benefits. I guess we can thank Snowden for making America aware of the over-charging, so maybe insourcing IT the labor portion will save the taxpayer in both money and security problems. Unfortunately the politicians get a lot of those profits, so Capitol Hill and Corp America may want continue this unnecessary drain on the US budget.
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