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  •  If the problem were just federal IT contracting, (0+ / 0-)

    that would be one thing, but the entire method of federal contracting needs desperately to be overhauled.  Most of it needs to be stopped entirely.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:50:29 AM PST

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    •  Most does not need to be stopped. Wrong answer. (1+ / 0-)
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      A good bit does. One of the corrupting things that has happened is the contracting out of what used to be fairly clearly defined "core" government functions. There is where real problems lie. One of the wost in that mess is the contracting out of some contracting office functions. Before Bush II that was a real non starter.

      The idea "most" needs to be stopped is way overboard. The government is not going to be able to hire and retain the technical experts in software and hardware development in particular. I remember when that was tried and in-house programming and development shops that outlived the era when government was the cutting edge of computing were a real problem.  Where government needs peculiar skills for a short time in multiple locations and agencies the last thing, the most inefficient thing, we need to do is try that in-house.

      I doubt anyone really thinking and examining the issue wants to go back to the days of government owned and staffed industrial plants either. Technology has moved along from the days the old Naval Gun Factory forged the tubes for naval guns and thousands of gun specialists made careers in the design, testing and foundry itself. What is needed is getting back to full government control of the core functions, and contracting is certainly one, with the quality and educated people doing the jobs.

      Effective, efficient contracting and what should and should not be contracted are two very different issues and, bluntly, it is the citizen's nearly complete ignorance of such matters that helps a broken system along.

      Then Congress needs (snowball's chance in hell probably) to look at all the contracting in general that its legislation drives. Those government contracts don't spring up like mushrooms. They are driven by Congressional action and too often that action is tailored and intended to transfer contract dollars from the taxpayers to their particular districts—the bacon! Buildings are built, dams and waterways built, whole weapon systems (some even the military does not really want) are built as a result.

      Ultimately it is us, the voters in those districts, voting according to how much "bacon" our critter can bring home without respect for sanity that drives them.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:32:14 AM PST

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